Women’s regional fields announced

Monday, April 27, 2009

Arizona State will feel right at home as it starts its run to the NCAA Championship. The top-ranked Sun Devils will host the West Regional at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., and are coming off a nine-shot victory at the Pac-10 Championship. Third-ranked USC, the defending West Regional and NCAA champion, is the No. 2 seed, while LSU, coming off a fifth-place showing at the SEC Championship, is seeded third.

The Central Regional will feature the most conference champions (11; East-7; West-6) of any other region. UCLA, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and the defending Central Regional champ, enters as the top seed after finishing third at the Pac-10 Championship. No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Wake Forest and No. 9 Purdue are also coming off convincing victories in their respective conference championships.

The East Regional is highlighted by top seed Virginia, No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. The Cavaliers will have to rebound from a poor showing at the ACC Championship, where they finished fifth out of nine teams. No. 7 Auburn, the second seed, has good history at Florida’s course; it beat Duke in a playoff to win the Lady Gator earlier this month. Host Florida, the defending East champ, is the No. 11 seed.

NUMBER CRUNCHING: The “magic number” for gaining entry into the postseason was 53, meaning any team ranked No. 53 or higher should have received a berth (63 teams play in regionals, but 10 teams ranked outside the top 63 got in via their conference’s automatic berth). According to the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, UC Davis (No. 50) and Tulsa (No. 52) were snubbed, while College of Charleston (No. 56) and Baylor (No. 58) snuck into the field.

Note: Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in parenthesis.

EAST

Date: May 7-9

Course: Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

1. (5) Virginia

2. (7) Auburn – SEC champion

3. (8) Alabama

4. (12) North Carolina

5. (11) Duke

6. (14) Denver – Sun Belt champion

7. (26) Tennessee

8. (21) Vanderbilt

9. (15) Georgia

10. (34) Tulane – Conference USA champion

11. (28) Florida

12. (43) East Carolina

13. (38) Mississippi

14. (41) South Carolina

15. (42) Furman – Southern champion

16. (56) College of Charleston

17. (51) Florida State

18. (53) UCF

19. (89) Coastal Carolina – Big South champion

20. (88) Stetson – Atlantic Sun champion

21. (205) Jackson State – SWAC champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (113) Susannah Aboff, Princeton

2. (75) Julia Potter, Missouri

3. (105) Jessica Hollandsworth, Maryland

CENTRAL

Date: May 7-9

Course: Ohio State Golf Course (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio

1. (2) UCLA

2. (4) Oklahoma State – Big 12 champion

3. (9) Purdue – Big Ten champion

4. (6) Wake Forest – ACC champion

5. (18) Louisville – Big East champion

6. (19) Kent State – Mid-American champion

7. (23) Michigan State

8. (27) Ohio State

9. (24) Stanford

10. (22) New Mexico – Mountain West champion

11. (29) Georgia State – Colonial Athletic Association champion

12. (33) Notre Dame

13. (30) N.C. State

14. (45) Washington

15. (44) Kentucky

16. (46) Chattanooga

17. (49) Michigan

18. (126) Murray State – Ohio Valley champion

19. (87) Illinois State – Missouri Valley champion

20. (81) Harvard – Ivy League champion

21. (195) Fairleigh Dickinson – Northeast champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (81) Kendall Dye, Oklahoma

2. (76) Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho

3. (54) Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock

WEST

Date: May 7-9

Course: Karsten Golf Course, Tempe, Ariz.

1. (1) Arizona State – Pac-10 champion

2. (3) USC

3. (10) LSU

4. (13) Pepperdine

5. (16) Arkansas

6. (17) San Jose State – Western Athletic champion

7. (20) Arizona

8. (25) California

9. (35) UC Irvine

10. (32) San Francisco

11. (31) UNLV

12. (37) TCU

13. (39) Texas A&M

14. (36) Oregon

15. (48) Long Beach State – Big West champion

16. (47) Colorado

17. (40) Texas

18. (58) Baylor

19. (107) Texas A&M Corpus Christi – Southland champion

20. (109) Northern Arizona – Big Sky champion

21. (66) Oral Roberts – Summit League champion

INDIVIDUALS

1. (113) Miki Ueoka, Santa Clara

2. (71) Alice Kim, UC Davis

3. (100) Chelsea Stelzmiller, UC Davis

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NCAA Championship

Date: May 19-22

Course: Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md.