NCAA ANNOUNCES TEAMS: INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released the teams and individuals that have advanced to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships.
The championships will be conducted May 23-26, at the Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State University is hosting the championships.
Three regional competitions were held May 11-13. Of the 324 regional participants, 126 advanced to the finals. Eight teams and two individuals, not on a selected team, advanced from each regional. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day’s total score. See the complete list to the right
RECENTLY FOR ARKANSAS: Arkansas finished eighth at the NCAA West Regional Championship at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash., to qualify. Sophomore Stacy Lewis emerged as the team’s leader finishing tied for 11th overall with a 222.
McCURDY FIRES 69: Senior Amanda McCurdy opened West Regional Championship play with a near-career best 69. McCurdy was tied for second after the first round but higher scores in rounds two and three saw her fall to a tie for 40th overall.
MORE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FIELD: This year’s field is again headlined by some of the top program’s in women’s golf. Duke is among the best and returns having won three consecutive national titles. Here’s a list of the other teams in this year’s field who were also in last year’s field (their 2005 finish is in parenthesis):
UCLA (2), Auburn (3), Pepperdine (4), California (5), Tennessee (6), Arizona State (t8), Oklahoma State (t8), Florida (10), Arkansas (t11), Southern California (t11), Washington (14), Stanford (19), Purdue (20).
THE SEC IS STRONG: The Southeastern Conference continues to be among the leaders for women’s golf and this year’s championship field was a tough one. Seven SEC teams advanced to the NCAA Championship. They are Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.
THE SECOND TIME IN AS MANY YEARS: Arkansas has reached the NCAA Championship for the second time in as many years. 2005-06 marks the 10th season of golf at Arkansas and this is the program’s second ever appearance at the National Championship.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: The championship is a 72-hole format with two flights each of the four days. The total number of participants is 126.
MORE PRACTICE? Arkansas, and the rest of the field, have two practice rounds before the National Championship. Arkansas’ practices at 12:36, the last team practice slot, on Sunday. Arkansas tees off at 10:36 on Monday.
TEE TIMES: First round tee times for Arkansas begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday from hole 10 in descending order. Arkansas is paired with SEC rival Alabama and Central Region opponent Nebraska in the first round.
Arkansas remains paired with the Crimson Tide and Huskers for second round action Wednesday with groups beginning at 1:10 p.m. Thursday and Friday’s tee times are determined by scores after the first two rounds.
THE COURSE (from ohiostatebuckeyes.com): The Ohio State University Scarlet Course was established in 1938 and designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie. It is a par 72, 6203-yard course. The noncompetitive course record is 64 while the competitive course record is a 66. The Scarlet Course has been host to tournaments like the USGA Junior Championships, U.S. Open Qualifier, AJGA Tournament of Champions, Kepler Intercollegiate, Lady Buckeye Invitational, Northern Intercollegiate, Rolex Fall Preview, PING/Golfweek Preview, Big Ten Championships and 14 Women’s National Championships.
Scarlet Course Scorecard