Jump to teams: Central || East ||West FAYETTEVILLE — The 20th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team earned a trip to the 2005 NCAA Central Regional Championship the NCAA announced Monday. The Lady Razorbacks travel to Lubbock, Texas, May 5-7, for the Central Region Championship at The Rawls Course hosted by Texas Tech University. Arkansas is making its fourth appearance, its third consecutive, trip to the NCAA post season. The Lady’Backs are coming off the team’s best-ever finish at the Southeastern Conference Championship paced by redshirt freshman Stacy Lewis who captured the individual title for Arkansas. The Central Region field, however, is the most balanced of the three regions and it could be anyone’s to win next week. "We’re excited to get into Regionals again this year," said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. "When I first took over, we kind of hoped to get in. Now, we expect to get and to play well enough to move on. Regionals are always a situation where if you play good you move on. If you don’t, you won’t. It really it comes down to who plays well all three days." Auburn, depending on which poll you consult, enters the tournament as the top-ranked team. The Tigers are ranked third in the most commonly consulted poll, GolfWeek.com. Arizona State checks in next ranked fourth overall followed by No. 14 New Mexico, No. 12 LSU, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 21 Texas, No. 18 Missouri and No. 20 Arkansas in the order in which they were announced. Also scheduled to compete are No. 27 Michigan, No. 22 Tulsa, No. 28 Texas Christian, No. 32 Southern Methodist, No. 33 Purdue, No. 39 Michigan State, No. 36 Kent State, No. 31 Baylor, No. 38 Texas A&M, No. 47 South Florida, No. 51 Texas Tech, No. 57 Notre Dame and No. 201 Long Island. "We were selected to the Central Region which is where I thought we’d be," said Hester. "The course sets up well for our team but the weather could play a big role this time of year. We know it will be windy but that shouldn’t bother us." For more information about Arkansas golf, log on to LADYBACKS.COM.
2005 Central Regional Field
May 5-7, 2005
Texas Tech University, host
East Regional (University of Florida)
West Regional (New Mexico State)