TEMPE, Ariz. – The 16th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team went through final preparations for the 2009 NCAA West Regional Championship in Tempe, Ariz., this week before beginning play Thursday, at Karsten Golf Course.
The Razorbacks are making the program’s eighth appearance at the Regional Championship and its first at Arizona State.
“We’re ready to go,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “We’ve had a good week of practice and god in a couple good days in Tempe and we’re ready for play to start. Our tough schedule throughout the season has prepared us for this championship run and we’re excited about our chances.”
Arkansas is the fifth seed in the West joining a talented field that includes host and second-ranked Arkansas 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. The rest of the field includes Western Athletic Conference winner and 21st-ranked San Jose State, No. 22 Arizona, No. 20 California, No. 25 UC-Irvine, No. 27 San Francisco, N. 34 UNLV, No. 37 TCU, No. 41 Texas A&M, No. 43 Oregon, No. 47 and winner of the Big West Conference Long Beach State, No. 45 Colorado, No. 39 Texas, No. 55 Baylor, No. 104 Southland Conference winner Texas A&M-Corpus Christian, Big Sky winner and No. 108 Northern Arizona and No. 63 Summit League winner Oral Roberts.
“This is a great field,” said Estes-Taylor. “Some of the teams we’ve seen before and we’ve done well against. Although we’ve never played this golf course, from what I’ve read it sets up well for us. We just have to go out and control those things that we can and the rest will take care of itself. I think we have a good change to be in the top eight and move on.”
The top eight teams from each of the three NCAA Regional Championship sites move on to the NCAA Championship in Owens Mills, M.D., May 19-22.
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