West: Rebels’ surge hits speed bump
Lance Ringler and Asher Wildman break down all of the action from Round 1 of the NCAA Women's Regionals.
Leaders: Virginia and Arizona (7-over 291)
Individual leader: Madeleine Ziegert, San Jose State (4-under 67)
The top 8: 3. UCLA (292) and California; 5. Texas (293); 6. Alabama and UNLV (295); 8. Ohio State (206)
Close behind: 9. Stanford (297); 10. Texas A&M (299); 11. Iowa State and LSU (302)
Rebels with a cause: Playing in the afternoon wave and as the No. 13 seed, UNLV had taken control of the lead as they were making the turn. UNLV junior Alejandra Guacaneme made consecutive birdies at Nos. 9-10 to put the Rebels in front, where they stayed for most of the afternoon.
However, the Rebels slipped a bit at the very end as their final player on the course, two-time Golfweek All-American Therese Koelbaek, player her final six holes in 6 over. UNLV fell into a tie for sixth place with SEC champion Alabama.
“That was very uncharacteristic of Therese. She has been one of the most consistent players I have ever coached and has always played well here at Stanford,” UNLV coach Missy Ringler said. “I expect her to rebound and we will need her to if we want to advance.”
UNLV got even-par 71 rounds out of sophomore Kristen Schelling and Guacaneme.
“Kristen made 16 pars and managed her game very well. Any success we have as a team will have a lot to do with how Kristen plays,” Ringler said.
The Rebels program started nine seasons ago and has advanced to the NCAA finals in even years since 2004. In 2008, UNLV advanced out of the West Regional as the No. 16 seed.
Hi, my name is...: With nine top-25 teams – the most of any regional – playing this week at Stanford, many of the top individuals in the country are in the field. However, an unfamiliar name stands alone atop the leaderboard after the opening round.
San Jose State’s Madeleine Ziegert, No. 169 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, carded a 5-under 30 on the front nine highlighted by a chip-in eagle on the par-5 488-yard seventh hole. The sophomore from Halmstad, Sweden, made one birdie to go along with two bogeys and stands a single shot clear of California’s Pia Halbig.
“My putting was really good and it just kind of took off from there,” Ziegert said.
Insider information: Four Pac-10 teams are in the field and should have a big advantage when it comes to course knowledge. Top-seeded UCLA, host Stanford, Pac-10 champ Arizona and California have played plenty of rounds at Stanford Golf Course and each are expected to advance.
Following play on Thursday all four are inside the top 9, with the Stanford sitting in ninth place.
Quote of the day: “Her short game and putting was the best display by a player in a single round I have seen in my five years at San Jose State.” – San Jose State coach John Dormann said about Ziegert’s play in the opening round.