Women's Golf Earns Spot At NCAA Central Regional

April 28, 2009

Indianapolis, Ind. - The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee has announced that the Stanford Women's golf team will compete May 7-9, 2009 in the Central Regional Championship at the Scarlet Course, in Columbus Ohio.The three 54-hole Regional tournaments (Central, East and West) will determine the final field for the May 19-22 National Championship at the Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md, hosted by Georgetown University.

Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each Regional's initial field of 21 teams and three individuals, sending 126 student-athletes to the National Championship.

The Stanford Women's golf program enters their post-season ranked 25th in the nation by the Golfweek/Sagarin index and 22nd by the NGCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Cardinal finished 6th at last weekend's Pac10 Championships, facing some of the best teams in the nation. Senior Mari Chun is ranked 64th in the nation, while sophomore Rebecca Durham is 91st and freshman Sydney Burlison is 97th. The Cardinal will challenge UCLA, currently 2nd in the nation, and Oklahoma State, 4th in the nation, in addition to Purdue, Wake Forest, U. of Washington, and Harvard, among others.

Home to Ohio State University's men's and women's varsity golf teams, the Scarlet Course ranks 81st among all American golf courses and has been hailed as one of the top university courses in the nation. Originally architected by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, famous for his designs of Augusta National, Cyprus Point, and Pasatiempo G.C., the Scarlet Course was redesigned between 2005 and 2006 by Ohio State alum and golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus lengthened the course and reconstructed bunkers, recalling MacKenzie's original vision. Nicklaus also enlarged the driving range and completed two short-game practice areas for the varsity teams and club members.

The Scarlet Course has hosted 14 Women's NCAA championships, including the very first women's collegiate golf championship in 1941. Appropriately, Ohio State celebrated the 50th anniversary of the tournament by hosting the 1991 NCAA Women's Golf Championship. Additionally, the Scarlet Course has been the site of many USGA championship qualifiers including the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur.

The Stanford Women's golf team should be prepared to challenge a MacKenzie masterpiece as Stanford's recently completed Siebel Varsity Golf Training Complex, designed by the Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architect team and envisioned by Stanford head coaches Caroline O'Connor and Conrad Ray, includes an Alister MacKenzie layout.

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