Mountain West To Send Four Women's Golf Teams to NCAA Regionals
April 30, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West will be represented by four teams in the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Regionals, announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee. The Mountain West has sent multiple teams to the NCAA Women's Golf Regionals in each of its 13 years. This year also marks the ninth consecutive season, and 11th overall, in which the MW has sent at least three teams to the postseason.
TCU earned the Mountain West's automatic berth after capturing its second consecutive Conference championship at the Wigwam Resort Gold Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz. The Horned Frogs will be joined in postseason play by New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV.
A total of 72 teams and 18 individuals will compete in three 54-hole regional tournaments from May 10-12. Eight teams and two individuals from each regional site will advance to the national championships finals, which will be held May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. Vanderbilt will serve as the host institution for this year's national championship.
No. 40 TCU will participate in the NCAA Regionals for the 17th consecutive year. The Horned Frogs will play in the West Regional, hosted by Colorado at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo. TCU, which has posted a top-eight finish at four of its last five regional tournaments, will be looking to make its fifth trip to the NCAA Championship since becoming a member of the Mountain West in 2005. The Frogs are led by sophomore Sanna Nuutinen, who earned medalist honors at the 2012 Mountain West Championship.
No. 46 UNLV will also travel to the West Regional in Erie, Colo. The Rebels are making their 10th straight NCAA Regional appearance in the program's 11-year history. UNLV is led by the duo of Mayko Chwen Wang and Dana Finkelstein, who were named 2012 MW Co-Freshmen of the Year after combining for nine top 20 finishes this season.
New Mexico, which is currently ranked 50th nationally, will join TCU and UNLV at the West Regional. The Lobos' appearance in the West Regional marks the 20th consecutive year UNM has qualified for postseason action (every year since regional play was introduced in 1993). The Lobos are seeking their 17th trip to the national championship.
Colorado State's Brianna Espinoza will compete in the West Regional as an individual for the second consecutive year. The senior, who currently ranks second in the Mountain West with a stroke average of 74.06, has tallied three top six finishes this season, including an individual title at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.
Under first-year head coach Leslie Spalding, No. 47 San Diego State will make its third consecutive postseason appearance. The Aztecs will participate in the East Regional, hosted by Penn State on the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa. The invitation marks San Diego State's fifth appearance in an NCAA Regional as a member of the Mountain West, and ninth in program history. The Aztecs are led by junior Christine Wong, the 2011-12 MW Golfer of the Year who has recorded two individual victories this season and three top five finishes overall.