Women's Golf Earns Bid To NCAA Central Regional
April 27, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's golf team has earned a berth in the NCAA Central Regional, the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee announced Monday afternoon. The Spartans will head to Ohio State University, host of the Central Regional, May 7-9 to play at the Scarlet Course. This marks the 11th consecutive year MSU has made postseason action.
"It's always exciting to hear your name get called to play in the NCAA Regionals," said MSU women's golf head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "I think it's wonderful that we're playing so close to home on a course we know well. We're familiar with the surroundings and are very excited about the opportunity to prove we're one of the top 24 teams that advance to the NCAA Championships. This is a very strong regional and will be a challenge for us."
The NCAA Women's Golf Championships are divided into three regional sites and conclude with the finals May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Each regional site hosts 21 teams and three individuals, with the top eight teams and two individuals in each region advancing to the finals. MSU was seeded seventh in the Central Regional.
The complete field for the Central Regional (in order of seeds) is as follows: UCLA, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Wake Forest, Louisville, Kent State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, New Mexico, Georgia State, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Washington, Kentucky, Chattanooga, Michigan, Murray State, Illinois State, Harvard, Farleigh-Dickenson.
The par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course reopened in 2006 after undergoing a major renovation by Jack Nicklaus. The course was originally constructed in 1938 and has hosted numerous tournaments, including a record 14 women's NCAA national championships. The Spartans played on the Scarlet Course earlier this spring, placing sixth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational on April 18-19.
"It's great because we just played the Scarlet Course," said Slobodnik-Stoll. "The breaks on the greens are still fresh in the players' minds. Every tournament is a new experience, but it will definitely help that we recently played there."
MSU enters the NCAA Central Regional after placing second at the Big Ten Championships over the weekend in West Lafayette, Ind. The Spartans, ranked No. 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, won the Mary Fossum Invitational in September and have placed among the top five in four tournaments this season.
Individually, Laura Kueny was named first-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season after tying for fourth at the conference championships. Kueny leads the team with a 74.24 stroke average and is ranked 17th nationally. Aimee Neff and Lindsey Solberg were named to the All-Big Ten second team.
Live stats of the NCAA Central Regional will be available at www.golfstat.com.
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