2004: Duke, UCLA, Vandy head regions

Duke, UCLA and Vanderbilt are the top- seeded teams in the NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals, the NCAA announced April 26. Duke, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, will be the top-seeded team in the East, while second-ranked UCLA is seeded No. 1 in the West and fifth-ranked Vanderbilt is the top-seeded team in the Central.

The Blue Devils will travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., where they finished runner-up at the 2001 NCAA Championship, to vie for their fifth consecutive East Regional title May 6-8 at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort. UNLV, fresh off its first conference title in the program’s third year, also will play in the East.

At the West Regional at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Club, UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth will try to lead her team to its second regional title in three years, but the Bruins will have to get past No. 2-seeded California and No. 3-seeded Ohio State, Nos. 3 and 4 in the Golfweek rankings, respectively. Also in the field is No. 7-ranked Georgia.

The top-seeded Commodores will face a Central Regional with three other top-10 teams in the Golfweek rankings. New Mexico (No. 6), Southern California (No. 8) and Arizona (No. 10) also will vie for the title at Illinois State’s University Golf Course in Normal, Ill. Illinois State will play on its home course as the 21st-seeded team after a first-place showing at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

The top eight teams in each region will advance to the NCAA Championship May 18-21 at Auburn’s Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala.

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