FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The seventh-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team was selected to participant in the NCAA West Regional Championship hosted by Sacramento State May 8-10, it was announced Monday. Arkansas is coming off a program-best second place team finish at the 2008 Southeastern Conference Championships in which senior Stacy Lewis earned medalist honors with a three-round 214 for the one-stroke victory. “I’m excited about the West Regional,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “I tried to be strategic in my schedule planning and we played both the Central and East courses but it didn’t work out,” Estes-Taylor laughed. “We haven’t played Lincoln Hills but we will try and gather as much information about the course as we can. We’ll prepare as we have all year long and see what happens.” 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, Arkansas faces the challenges of Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Sacramento, Calif., and takes on a field that 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 UNVL, No. 53 UC-Davis, No. 60 UC-Irvin, No. 77 Fresno State, No. 97 Oral Roberts and No. 142 Portland State. The top eight from each of the three regional sites advance to the 2008 NCAA Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., May 20-23. “Our goal is to try and go out there and win the tournament,” said Estes-Taylor. “That’s our goal in every event we play and that strategy won’t change. I know they advance the top eight but if we strive to win we should advance without any problems.” For more information about Arkansas women’s golf, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.
The East regional will be played May 8-10 at the UGA Golf Course, Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution. Teams: 1.Duke (ACC) 2.Florida ( SEC) 3.Georgia 4.Auburn 5.Wake Forest 6.Tennessee 7.Virginia 8.New Mexico (Mt. West) 9.Vanderbilt 10.Louisville 11.South Carolina 12.Furman (Southern Conf.) 13.East Carolina 14.Georgia State 15.UCF 16.Missouri 17.Indiana 18.NC-Wilmington (CAA) 19.Jacksonville State (OVC) 20.Charleston Southern (Big South Conference) 21.Jackson State (SWAC)
Individuals: 1.Dori Carter, Mississippi 2.Emma Degroot, Chattanooga 3.Paula Hurtado, Florida Intn’l
The Central regional will be played May 8-10 at the University of Texas Golf Course, Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
Teams: 1.UCLA 2.Purdue (Big Ten Conference) 3.Alabama 4.Denver (Sun Belt Conference) 5.Kent State (MAC) 6.Pepperdine 7.LSU 8.Texas A&M 9.Notre Dame (Big East Conf.) 10.Texas 11.TCU 12.Florida State 13.North Carolina State 14.East Tenn. State (Atlantic Sun) 15.Texas Tech 16.Washington 17.Nebraska 18.Harvard (Ivy)
19.Texas State (Southland) 20.Illinois State (MVC) 21.Fairleigh Dickinson (NE Conf.)
Individuals: 1.Steffi Kirchmayr, College of Charleston 2.Sara Wikstrom, UALR
3.Araceli Felgueroso, Coastal Carolina
The West regional will be played May 8-10 at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club, Lincoln, California, hosted by Sacramento State University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
Teams: 1.Southern California (Pac-10) 2.Arizona State 3.ARKANSAS 4.Arizona 5.Oklahoma State (Big 12) 6.California 7.Michigan State 8.Stanford 9.BYU 10.Tulsa (Conference USA) 11.North Carolina 12.Ohio State 13.San Jose State 14.Oklahoma 15.Oregon 16.UNLV 17.UC Davis 18.UC Irvine (Big West) 19.Fresno State (WAC) 20.Oral Roberts (Summit) 21.Portland State (Big Sky)
Individuals: 1.Mallory Blackwelder, Kentucky 2.Danielle Cvitanov, San Francisco 3.Emily Powers, Kansas