Razorbacks head into the postseasonArkansas is starting the postseason after a fast spring. The Razorbacks returned to the links March 13 after the winter break and pushed through five events in a little over a month to get to this point. Arkansas travels to the Tempe, Ariz., for the NCAA West Regional.
Razorbacks selected to the West RegionalThe 16th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team has been selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA West Regional Championship, the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee announced Monday. Three regional tournaments (East, West and Central) take place May 7-9, with the top eight teams from each site advancing to the NCAA Championships at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, M.D. The 2009 NCAA West Regional takes place at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., with Arizona State serving as this year’s host. The other sites are Gainesville, Fla., where the University of Florida hosts the East Regional, and the Scarlet Golf Course with Ohio State hosting in Columbus, Ohio.
About the eventArkansas will depart Tuesday, May 5, for arrival that evening. The Razorbacks practice Wednesday, May 6, beginning at 7:58 a.m. local (8:58 a.m. Central). Arkansas opens play Thursday at 8 a.m. local (9 a.m. Central) from the 10th tee.
About the golf courseThe ASU Karsten Golf Course plays 6,286 yards and is a par 72. It is par 35 with 2,954 yards on the front nine and par 37 and 3,332 yards from the back. There are four par threes, 10 par fours and four par fives. The front nine opens with four consecutive par fours and finishes with two more.
Making the tripArkansas has been pretty steady in the traveling five and does not change this week. The Razorbacks travel lone senior Lucy Nunn, juniors Kristin Ingram and Alex Schulte, sophomore Kelli Shean and freshman Katy Nugent.
This year’s fieldThe Razorbacks are the fifth seed in the West joining a talented field that includes host and second-ranked Arizona State, the winners of the Pacific-10 Conference title. The top five includes No. 4 Southern California, No. 8 Louisiana State, No. 13 Pepperdine and the 16th-ranked Razorbacks. In addition, Western Athletic Conference winner and 21st-ranked San Jose State, No. 22 Arizona, No. 20 California, No. 25 UC-Irvine, No. 27 San Francisco, No. 34 UNLV, No. 37 TCU, No. 41 Texas A&M, No. 43 Oregon, No. 47 and winner of the Big West Conference title Long Beach State, No. 45 Colorado, No. 39 Texas, No. 55 Baylor, No. 104 Southland Conference winner Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Big Sky winner and No. 108 Northern Arizona and No. 63 Summit League winner Oral Roberts are scheduled to play.
Here’s a look at the Regional field in the three polls:Team GWK GS GW1. Arizona St.* 1 2 12. S. California 3 4 33. LSU State 10 8 84. Pepperdine 13 13 135. Arkansas 16 16 176. SJSU* 17 21 197. Arizona 20 22 238. California 25 20 229. UC Irvine 35 25 RV (27)10. San Fran. 32 27 (RV 14)11. UNLV 31 34 (RV 7)12. TCU 37 37 13. Texas A&M 39 4114. Oregon 36 4315. LBSU* 48 4716. Colorado 47 4517. Texas 40 3918. Baylor 58 5519. TAMU-CC * 107 10420. No Arizona* 109 10821. ORU* 66 63*Automatic qualifiers who won their conference titles.Individuals:1. Miki Ueoka, Santa Clara2. Chelsea Stelzmiller, UC Davis3. Alice Kim, UC DavisGWK-GolfweekGS-GolfstatGW-Golf World
Arkansas at RegionalsThe Razorbacks are making the programs eighth appearance at the Regional Championships – their seventh consecutive. The program’s first appearance came in 2000 under the direction of then head coach Ulrika Belline. Former head coach Kelley Hester helped Arkansas return to the Regional Championships in 2003, beginning a string of appearances that current head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor continues again this year. Arkansas has appearance in one East Regional in 2000 when there were only two regional sites. The Razorbacks have taken part in four Central Regional Tournaments (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) and two West Regionals (2006, 2008).
SEC RepresentsThe Southeastern Conference qualified 11 of it’s 12 member institutions to NCAA Regional Championship play. Arkansas is joined by LSU in the West Regional. The East is filled with the SEC, as eight league teams make up the 21-team field. They are Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss and South Carolina. Kentucky is the lone team sent to the Central Regional. Mississippi State was the only team not to get in.
Familiar FacesArkansas has faced 12 of the 20 other teams in this year’s West Regional field. The Razorbacks are a combined 13-11 against those teams and has seen SEC foe LSU the most (1-4). Arknasas is 3-0 against Texas A&M and 2-0 against Texas. The Razorbacks are on the downside of this year’s meetings with Arizona State (0-2), Southern California (0-3), and Arizona (1-2) but have won against the rest: California (1-0), Pepperdine (1-0), Oregon (1-0), UNLV (1-0), Colorado (1-0) and TCU (1-0).
Download: 08gfFactSheet 10 – NCAA Regionals.pdf