FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The fourth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team was selected to the NCAA Central Regional it was announced by the NCAA Monday. Regionals begin May 8-10, 2014. This year’s selection is the 13th NCAA Regional appearance for the Razorback women’s golf team and the 12th consecutive selection. Arkansas has finished in the top eight six times and advanced to the NCAA Championship including three consecutive appearances in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Razorbacks are making their seventh central region appearance. They have taken part in four west appearances and two NCAA East appearances. The team’s best finish came last season when Arkansas tied for third overall in the East Regional hosted by Auburn University. Seventy-two teams and 18 individuals received bids to the NCAA Regionals. The top eight teams and the top two individuals from non-qualifying teams will advance to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships that are set to take place May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. “We are excited to head over to Oklahoma State,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “It is an easy trip with this event falling during our finals and a golf course that reminds me a lot of our home course here at Blessings. Our approach for the Regional is exactly the same as any other tournament. We work to improve every day that we train knowing that we are better today than we were when school started in August. We have a group of young ladies that are working hard on and off the golf course and who are all committed to our process and to our goals. We know that our best is good enough and if we do our best, the rest will take care of itself.” Seniors Emma Lavy and Emily Tubert are taking part in their final NCAA Regional. They are joined by veteran sophomores Gabriela Lopez and Regina Plasencia with freshman Summar Roachell making her first regional appearance.
Arkansas enters the event as the No. 2 seed overall behind top-seeded UCLA. The rest of the field in order of seeding includes No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Miami (Fla.), No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 12 California, No. 13 Kent State, No. 14 Kansas, No. 15 Texas, No. 16 UNLV, No. 17 Colorado, No. 18 SMU, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 20 Harvard, No. 21 Lamar, No. 22 Wichita State, No. 23 LIU-Brooklyn and No. 24 Siena. The event takes place at Karsten Creek, home of the Oklahoma State women’s golf team. It is the first time a women’s regional has been conducted at Karsten Creek. The course has previously hosted the Big 12 Invitational and the Big 12 Women’s Championship. Karsten Creek has hosted the men’s NCAA Championship twice in 2003 and 2011. Additionally, the course served as the home to the Karsten Creek Collegiate in 1996, the NCAA Central Regional in 2001, the Ping/Golfweek Preview in 2002 and 2010 and the NCAA South Central Regional in 2009. Florida State hosts the East Regional at SouthWood Golf Club, while Washington hosts the West Regional at Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort Tulsa Country Club will serve as the host course for the 2014 NCAA Championship. For more information on Arkansas women’s golf, follow @RazorbackWGolf on Twitter.