Arkansas travels West for the 2008 NCAA Regional Championship hosted by Sacramento State. Competition takes place at Lincoln Hills Golf Club May 8-10.
The Lady Razorbacks will send senior Stacy Lewis, junior Lucy Nunn, sophomores Kristin Ingram and Alex Schulte and freshman Kelli Shean to this year’s championship.
About the NCAA Regional
The 2008 selection is the seventh in the 13-year program history and the sixth consecutive. It is the second time the Lady Razorbacks have traveled to the West Regional. They were also in the West in 2006 when they played at Washington National in Auburn, Wash. Arkansas finished eighth and advanced to the NCAA Championship that year.
This year’s field includes No. 3 Southern California, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 12 Arizona, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 17 California, No. 21 Michigan State and No. 23 Stanford as the other seeded teams at this regional. The rest of the field includes No. 27 BYU, No. 29 Tulsa, No. 34 North Carolina, No. 36 Ohio State, No. 38 San Jose State, No. 41 Oklahoma, No. 44 Oregon, No. 46 UNLV, No. 53 UC-Davis, No. 60 UC-Irvin, No. 77 Fresno State, No. 97 Oral Roberts and No. 142 Portland State.
What’s at Stake?
The top eight from each of the three regional sites advance to the 2008 NCAA Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., May 20-23.
Last year’s NCAA Regional
It couldn’t have been closer. The University of Arkansas missed the cut at last year’s Central Regional by just five strokes at the Michigan-hosted event in Ann Arbor. Arkansas finished ninth overall with a 906 (291-301-314) battling strong winds and a long rough as Michigan State slipped into the top eight in the final round.
But Lewis Made It
That’s right. Then junior Stacy Lewis finished tied for third overall shooting a three-under 213 (70-72-71). She was the top finishing player from a non-advancing team and earned a trip to the NCAA Championship. Lewis would go on to win the NCAA Championship as an individual later that same month.
Who is the team to beat?
With three polls that is sometimes a tough question to ask. This week, however, the scenario is a bit different. The team to beat is really the eighth-best team as the top eight advance. Here’s a look at where each of the teams in the West Regional stand in the current poll. Remember, the polls all have different issue dates and may change again prior to the start of the regional competition next week.
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