Women's Golf Selected to Play in NCAA West Regional|
April 28, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The 25th-ranked Texas Tech University women's golf team has been selected to participate in the 1998 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships West Regional, slated for May 7-9 at Stanford University Golf Course.
The NCAA announced the participants for the East and West Regional tournaments to be held as preliminary rounds of the 1998 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships. The two regionals will determine the field for the NCAA Championships, which will be held from May 20-23 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisc.
The West Regional field includes 20 teams and two individuals from the West and Far West Districts. The top 11 teams and two individuals, not among the teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships.
The University of Arizona, the top-ranked team in the latest edition of the MasterCard Collegiate Golf rankings, and No. 2 Arizona State University, the defending NCAA Champion, leads the field of teams in the West Regional. They are joined by No. 4 Tulsa, No. 15 TCU, No. 23 New Mexico State, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Texas, No. 25 Texas Tech, No. 28 New Mexico and No. 29 Missouri from the West District; and No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Oregon, No. 14 Southern California, No. 20 UCLA, No. 26 San Jose State, No. 19 Oregon State, No. 36 Washington, No. 30 Northern Arizona and Brigham Young from the Far West District.
The two individuals playing in the West Regional will be Jenny Glasgow of Pepperdine and Kristin MacLaren of Texas El Paso, ranked No. 94 and No. 98, respectively, in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings.
The Red Raiders are the seventh seed from the nine-team West District. Texas A&M is fourth, Oklahoma State fifth, Texas sixth and Missouri ninth. Tulsa is the West District top seed, while TCU is second, New Mexico State third and New Mexico eighth.
Arizona is the top seed from the Far West District followed by (in order of seed) Arizona State, Stanford, Oregon, Southern California, UCLA, San Jose State, Oregon State, Washington, Northern Arizona and BYU.
Texas Tech is advancing to an NCAA regional for the fifth time in the last six years under head coach Jeff Mitchell. Tech finished fourth in last week's Big 12 Conference Women's Golf Championships at Norman, Okla.
"We are always excited to extend the season," Mitchell said. "We've had a good year. I think it's a tribute to this team for the time and effort they've put in."
Texas Tech is led by 26th-ranked Brooke Lowrance, who tied for seventh at the Big 12 Championsips. The junior All-Big 12 selection has finished in the top 10 in six of nine tournaments this season.
Freshman Priscillia Hunt, the 60th-ranked player in the country who was selected second team all-conference, tied for 10th at the Big 12 tourney.
"I really feel like this is a team that can make it to nationals," Mitchell said. "It's been a couple of years since we finished 12th there."
The par 73, 6,190-yard Stanford Golf Course is familiar to the Red Raiders. Tech finished seventh in last October's Stanford Women's Intercollegiate Tournament with a school-record 54-hole total of 896. The Red Raiders fired rounds of 296 and 298 over the last two days. Lowrance tied for seventh, while Hunt finished in a tie for 11th.
"This is another great opportunity for us to play a golf course where we've played real well," Mitchell said. "We played extremely well at Stanford last fall, set a school record for our total. We also broke 300 two days in a row. We have some milestones there that this team has created. It's going to be real exciting to go back out there and have a lot of confidence on that golf course knowing we've played well there before."
Of the nine West District teams, five are from the Big 12, including conference champ Texas A&M and runner-up Texas. Oklahoma State finished third and Missouri seventh in last week's conference tournament.
"I'm also real excited that we have the opportunity to take on some of the conference teams we beat there last fall," Mitchell said. "Although, I would really like to see A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas and Missouri play extremely well.
I think this is an opportunity for the Big 12 to send two or three or four, or possibly five, teams to the national championships. For the Big 12, that really could be a great statement."
The NCAA Division I Women's East Regional, hosted by Duke University, will be held May 7-9 at the Duke Golf Club in Durham, N.C. The East Regional includes 19 teams and seven additional individuals from the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic East Districts. The top eight teams and two individuals, not among the top teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships.
The University of Georgia, ranked No. 3 in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings, and Duke, ranked fifth in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings, lead the field in the East Regional. Joining them will be No. 8 LSU, No. 7 Furman, No. 21 Alabama, No. 31 Mississippi, No. 18 Auburn, No. 24 Florida and No. 42 Miami (Fla.) from the South. The Midwest District teams include No. 32 Indiana, No. 39 Ohio State, No. 45 Purdue and No. 50 Minnesota. The remaining East Regional teams from the Mid-Atlantic East District are No. 10 Tennessee, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 22 Memphis, No. 27 Campbell and No. 41 Kentucky.
Individuals playing in the East Regional include South Florida's Kelly Lagedrost, No. 86 in the latest edition of the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings, Mississippi State's Pia Josefssan and Pam Buff of Tulane from the South; Wisconsin's Allie Blomquist from the Midwest; and Vanderbilt's Mallory Crosland, No. 81 in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings, Penn State's Laura Hammond and Nicolle Flood of North Carolina-Wilmington.
TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED: EAST REGIONAL