Women's Central Regional: UCLA wins by 17
Monday, May 12, 2014
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Team winner: UCLA (11-over 875)
Individual winner: Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State (7-under 209)
Also moving on: Teams – 2. Alabama (892), 3. Mississippi State (893), 4. California (894), T-5. Ohio State (899), T-5. Kansas (899), 7. Arizona (901), 8. Florida (902)
Individuals – 1. Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State (209), 2. Dana Finkelstein, UNLV (214)
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FINISHING STRONG: UCLA showed why they are one of the best teams in the country at the NCAA Central Regional. The team shot a tournament-best, 1-under 287 in the final round to win by 17 shots and claim its fourth title of the season.
The Bruins opened with a 11-over 299 in the first round, which means the team went even par on the final two days at the par-72, 6,200-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club, where the scoring average was 77.68 over 54 holes.
The second-ranked Bruins were lead by the No. 1 player in the country, freshman Alison Lee, who finished in a tie for fifth at 1-over 217. Junior Erynee Lee also finished in the top 10 (T-10) at 3-over 219.
The victory marks Carrie Forsyth’s ninth regional title in her 15-year career as the Bruins head coach.
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JAYHAWKS ADVANCE: After being three shots back of the eighth and final spot in the NCAA Central Regional after Round 2, Kansas had to do something dramatic in order to advance to the NCAA Championship.
"I'm very proud of the effort the team put forth today," Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil said in a press release on Friday. "They handled themselves well, made good decisions overall and it was great to see them post a solid round on a tough championship course. Tomorrow we need continue to play the course rather than watch the scoreboard, focus on what is in our control and see how things shake out in the end."
The Jayhawks were one of the first teams to tee off in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday morning. Though the team shot 12-over 300 in the final round, other teams crept back to them as other team scores were just as high: Ohio State and Arizona shot 18 over, while California shot 17 over.
Kansas, No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, were lead by junior Minami Levonowich in the final round and in the tournament. She shot a 1-over 73 to go along with her 77-72 for a 6-over 222 total. The team finished in a tie for fifth with the Buckeyes.
It was Kansas’ first time at an NCAA Regional therefore, next week, the team will makes its first trip to the NCAA Championship since 1990, set for May 20-23 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.
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SHORT SHOTS: Phaewchimplee became just the second Golden Flash player in program history to win an NCAA regional. . . . Only four players finished under par at Karsten Creek. The scoring average in the final round was 78.46 – the highest of all three rounds. . . . Top 20 teams that did not advance to the NCAA Championship from the Central Regional: Arkansas (5), LSU (15), Oklahoma State (17), who lost via playoff to Florida. . . . The low round of the day was a 2-under 70, which was shot by Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald, who finished in fourth place.