FAYETTEVILLE – The 11th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team was selected to the NCAA Central Regional as a four-seed it was announced Monday.
The Razorbacks are making the program’s 10th NCAA Regional appearance and their ninth consecutive appearance in 2011. Arkansas travels to the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., at the Notre Dame-hosted event.
"We are obviously very excited to be selected as a fourth-seed in the Central Regional," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "It is indicative of how well we have played all year. But our mission is in front of us. We are looking forward to going in to Notre Dame all firing and to put ourselves in a position to win a championship."
The Razorbacks will continue to practice this week and will travel Tuesday, May 3. Arkansas takes part in a practice round Wednesday, May 4 with the tournament scheduled for May 5-7.
The Razorbacks are making the program’s 10th NCAA Regional appearance in the 16-year history of the program. Arkansas’ first appearance came in 2000 when there were just two regional sites – East and West. Arkansas was sent East under the direction of former head coach Ulrika Belline where they finished 23rd in the program’s only East appearance.
The Razorbacks have been to four West and four Central Regional Championships, making three consecutive trips West (2008, 2009, 2010).
Arkansas has advanced out of the Regional Championship to the NCAA Championship three times as a team and once with an individual. The Razorbacks came out of the West twice in 2006 and 2008, the Central once in 2005 and former Razorback Stacy Lewis advanced in 2007 out of the Central. Lewis went on to win the NCAA Individual title that year.
The top eight teams from each of the three NCAA Regional sites advance to the NCAA Championship in in Bryan, Texas, May 18-21.
The Razorbacks have settled into a lineup and are expected to travel seniors Kelli Shean and Corinna Rees, sophomore Victoria Vela, redshirt freshman Emma Lavy and true freshman Emily Tubert.
The Warren Golf Course is a familiar venue for the Razorbacks. Tubert has several championship rounds under her belt winning the Public Links title there this summer. Lavy has also played the course.
"Emily won the Public Links there and Emma has also played the course," Estes-Taylor noted. "Our men’s team has played championship golf there as well so we will learn all we can about the course before we get there."
The other teams in Arkansas regional include No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Duke, No. 8 LSU, No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 20 Texas, No. 14 Tulane, No. 24 Stanford, No. 25 Notre Dame, No. 30 Ohio State, No. 32 Kent State, No. 35 Chattanooga, No. 40 Northwestern, No. 39 Minnesota, No. 43 UNLV, No. 48 Oklahoma State, No. 45 North Texas, No. 56 Wisconsin, No. 54 East Carolina, No. 59 Michigan, No. 61 Illinois, No. 90 Morehead State, No. 146 Illinois State and No. 158 Butler.
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