travel to ISU for NCAA Central Regional
to NCAA Regional selections
FAYETTEVILLE -- For the second consecutive
season the University of Arkansas women's golf team earned a selection
to the NCAA Central Regional Championship it was announced Monday.
In a selection call hosted by the NCAA, the
29th-ranked Lady Razorbacks learned they would travel to Illinois State
in Normal, Ill., for the regional championship May 6-8 at the University
"I believe the team has gotten over the 'regionals'
thing and that they fully expect to not only qualify but move on this
year," said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. "We just sat and listened
to the conference call together and it was nice not to have to be too
nervous. We basically knew where we would fit into the picture. The next
hump is definitely expecting to move through regionals. We are getting
there and there is no question that if we play solid golf, we will make
The Lady Razorbacks enter the regional as
the No. 10 team in the NCAA Central this year. The NCAA seeded the top
15 teams in the nation splitting them into groups of five at each of the
Third-ranked nationally and Southeastern Conference
opponent Vanderbilt is the top team in the Central Region. Other top 15
nationally ranked teams at the Central Region are No. 4 New Mexico, No.
9 Arizona, No. 10 Southern California and No. 15 Oklahoma which round
out the top five teams at the Central event.
Michigan State enters in the No. 6 spot followed
by Tulsa, Missouri, Texas Christian and Arkansas in the regional top 10.
Closing out the field are Texas A&M, Kansas State, Indiana, Southern Methodist,
Kent State, Purdue, Northwestern, Baylor, Notre Dame, Princeton and host
The top eight teams from each of the three
regionals advance to the NCAA Championship hosted by Auburn University,
The Lady Razorbacks make their second regional
trip under second-year head coach Hester. Last year, Arkansas finished
tied for 15th at the University of Nebraska-hosted event.
All five Lady Razorbacks who competed in that
event are back this year. Three of those five, sophomores Courtney Mahon
and Amanda McCurdy and senior Melissa Murray, will travel again this year.
Also traveling this year are juniors Sarah Trew and Gena Johnson.
"I feel that we played some our best golf
in the fall," added Hester. "I'm not sure why we have struggled some this
spring other than the fact that sometimes when you improve a lot you plateau
at some point before you move into the next stage of improvement. I think
we have to continue to 'stretch' our comfort zones. I'm sure there are
athletes on this team that never expected to be ranked in the top 30--then
we get there--what's next. It's hard to keep increasing expectations but
we are working on it."
Stetson University and the Central Florida
Sports Commission are co-hosting the East Regional at Mission Inn Golf
and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., while Stanford University
is hosting the West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course.
For more information about Arkansas golf log
on to www.ladybacks.com.
2004 NCAA Central Regional Championship
University Club, Illinois State, host
#4 New Mexico
6. Michigan State
9. Texas Christian
11. Texas A&M
12. Kansas State
14. Southern Methodist
15. Kent State
19. Notre Dame
21. Illinois State
2004 NCAA West Regional Championship
Stanford Golf Course, Stanford University, host
#5 Ohio State
9. Arizona State
11. San Francisco
12. New Mexico State
13. San Diego State
14. San Jose State
15. Brigham Young
16. Texas Tech
18. Washington State
19. Portland State
21. Oral Roberts
2004 NCAA East Regional Championship
Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort, Stetson University, host
#7 Oklahoma State
#12 Wake Forest
7. North Carolina
9. Louisiana State
12. South Carolina
13. Florida State
18. NC State
20. St. Francis
21. Southern University