FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The fourth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team loaded up the vans and headed to Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, in preparation for the 2014 NCAA Central Regional Championship at Karsten Creek golf and Country Club. Seventy-two teams and 18 individuals were selected and split between three NCAA Regional sites with the top eight teams and top two individuals moving on to the NCAA Championship later this month. What do you need to know about the NCAA Central Regional? Here is the 411 on what the Razorbacks will face this week. NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL * Site: Stillwater, Okla. * Dates: May 8-10, 2014 * Course: Karsten Creek Golf Club, Par 72; 6,200 Yards * Format: Top eight teams and two individuals on a non-advancing team from each of the three NCAA Regional sites move on to the NCAA Championship * The Field: 1. UCLA (No. 2), 2. Arkansas (No. 4), 3. Alabama (No. 10), 4. Arizona (No. 11), 5. LSU (No. 16), 6. Oklahoma State (No. 15), 7. Florida (No. 22), 8. North Carolina (No. 21), 9. Ohio State (No. 27), 10. Miami (Fla.) (No. 28), 11. Miss State (No. 33), 12. California (No. 35), 13. Kent St. (MAC) (No. 39), 14. Kansas (No. 42), 15. Texas (No. 50), 16. UNLV (No. 45), 17. Colorado (No. 47), 18. SMU (No. 52), 19. Minnesota (No. 58), 20. Harvard (Ivy) (No. 63), 21. Lamar (SLC) (No. 95), 22. Wichita St. (MVC) (No. 141), 23. LIU-Brooklyn (NEC) (No. 179), 24. Siena (MAAC) (No. 201) ABOUT ARKANSAS * Ranked a program-best No. 4 by Golfstat.com; No. 5 by Golf World/WGCA and Golfweek.com * Shauna Estes-Taylor is the SEC Coach of the Year (first SEC Women’s Coach of the Year in Arkansas history) * Senior Emily Tubert (4-time) and sophomore Gabriela Lopez (2-time) All-SEC First-Team selections * Sophomore Regina Plasencia All-SEC Second-Team * 13th NCAA Regional appearance for @RazorbackWGolf * Seventh NCAA Central Regional appearance for @RazorbackWGolf * @RazorbackWGolf has advanced to the NCAA Championship eight times in program history * Best team finish is T3rd in 2013 at NCAA East Regional * Three top-5 team finishes * Best individual finish is T3 by former Razorback Stacy Lewis (2007) and senior Emily Tubert (2011) * Best individual single round is 67 by senior Emma Lavy in 2013 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP * Site: Tulsa, Okla. * Dates: May 20-23, 2014 * Course: Tulsa Country Club * Format: Four rounds of stroke play
WHAT SEC COACH SHAUNA ESTES-TAYLOR IS SAYING * Location-wise, this draw is great for us. We are finishing up finals and will drive over after we are done and focus on golf. It allows our team to do well in school and do well on the course this week. * The field is really good in the Central Regional. We have a tough draw and we are going to have to have a good plan in place. Fortunately, Stillwater (Okla.) and Karsten Creek is similar to the Blessings. We got some really good work in here over the week and are ready to go. * If we play our best, it will be good enough. * We worked on tidying up some short-game stuff this week and worked on some shots we will see over there this week. For more information on Arkansas women’s golf, follow @RazorbackWGolf on Twitter.