No. 14 Spartan Women's Golf Heads to NCAA Central Regional
May 5, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 14 Michigan State women's golf team will play in the NCAA Central Regional Thursday-Saturday at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. The Spartans, a No. 4 seed in the Central Regional, are making their 12th straight NCAA Regional appearance and are looking for a top-eight finish to advance to the NCAA Championships.
"We feel like we have a great shot," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "Our dream of finishing in the top 10 (at nationals) is very much alive. We have the five (in our lineup) that we started with in the fall, and we were ranked fifth in the nation after the fall. I feel like we're going to have a great week."
The NCAA Women's Golf Championships are divided into three regional sites and conclude with the finals May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. Each regional site hosts 24 teams and three individuals, with the top eight teams and two individuals in each region advancing to the finals.
The complete field for the Central Regional (in order of seeds) is as follows: Arizona State, USC, Purdue, Michigan State, Georgia, Denver, New Mexico, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Oregon, Kent State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Mississippi, San Diego State, Baylor, Tulsa, North Carolina State, Indiana, Illinois State, Murray State, Detroit and Jackson State. Indiana University will serve as the host of the Central Regional at Otter Creek Golf Course.
MSU enters the NCAA Central Regional after placing second at the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. The Spartans, ranked No. 14 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings (as of May 3), have won three tournaments this season (Mary Fossum Invitational, Tar Heel Invitational, Gator Invitational).
The Spartans are led by 2010 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year Laura Kueny. Kueny placed third at the Big Ten Championships, her best career showing at the event, and was also named first-team All-Big Ten for the third straight year. Kueny's stroke average of 73.40 is on pace to set the MSU single-season record (previous best: 74.09 by Sara Brown in 2007-08).
"It's an awesome feeling - it still hasn't quite sunk in yet," said Kueny of being named Big Ten Golfer of the Year. "It's something I've wanted to achieve since my freshman year. I'm very confident right now, I finally have that putter rolling. I'm making the putts I want to make now. It's making a huge difference."
Junior Aimee Neff earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive season following her 11th place finish at the Big Ten Championships, and freshman Caroline Powers tied for 16th in her first career appearance at Big Tens. Sophomores Lindsey Solberg and Shannon Warner, who competed in last year's NCAA Championships as true freshman, round out the lineup for MSU.
Live stats of the NCAA Central Regional will be available at www.golfstat.com.
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