Women's Golf Earns Third-Straight NCAA Regional Bid
April 30, 2012
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's golf team earned its third consecutive NCAA regional bid, as the Aztecs are one of 72 schools that will compete at one of three tournament sites, May 10-12, the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee announced Monday evening. SDSU, which earned one of the 45 at-large selections, is seeded No. 16 among the 24 teams headed to the east regional in State College, Pa., at the Penn State Blue Course.
"We are thrilled to go to Penn State for this year's NCAA regionals and experience some Eastern golf," said first-year Aztec head coach Leslie Spalding. "It will be good to go up against some teams that we haven't seen yet and compete against some of the best schools in the nation."
SDSU is one of five Mountain West Conference squads that will be represented in this year's NCAA regionals, but the only one that will not play in the west. Conference champion TCU, New Mexico, UNLV as well as Colorado State's Brianna Espinoza are slated to compete during the same dates at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.
The Aztecs will play 18 holes each of the three days with a practice round on Wednesday. SDSU will be paired with Kent State and Maryland for the first two rounds, teeing off Thursday from the 10th hole at Noon ET (9 a.m. PT) and beginning from the first hole at 7:30 a.m. ET (4:30 a.m. PT) on Friday. The top eight squads and the low two individuals not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA national championships at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25.
This is San Diego State's sixth trip to regionals and marks the ninth time the program has sent at least one golfer to the regional round since it first began in 1993. The Aztecs ended a six-year absence from the NCAAs in 2010, when the squad played in Columbus, Ind., finishing 13th. SDSU was 17th at last season's west regional in Auburn, Wash., when it was also seeded 16th. The squad has been tabbed to the NCAA east regional just once prior in 2001 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Aztecs, who are seeking their first-ever national championship appearance as a team, are currently ranked 45th nationally by golfstat.com and are 47th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings. SDSU has won one tournament, the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, posted its best finish at the Mountain West Conference championship in a decade (3rd) and has placed in the top five in four other events thus far in 2011-12.
Live scoring will be available for all three days on goaztecs.com, as well as golfstat.com.
2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championships
East Regional - Penn State University, host
Penn State Blue Course - State College, Pa. - May 10-12
Dates: May 10-12
The Field (24 teams - in order of seed): Alabama, Arizona State, Duke, Texas A&M, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Michigan State, Washington, Texas, Tulane, UCF, Wake Forest, Northwestern, San Diego State, Kent State, Maryland, Augusta State, Campbell, Chattanooga, Oral Roberts, Jacksonville State and LIU Brooklyn.
Individuals (6 - in order of seed): Fanny Cnops, UNCG; Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State, Kelly Shon, Princeton; Katie Mundy, FIU; Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia; Laura Wearn, Furman.
San Diego State at the NCAA Regionals (Started in 1993)
Year Team/Individual Regional (Location) Finish 1996 Lindy Donnelly West (Omaha, Neb.) 32nd 1997 Christelle Cuzon West (Tucson, Ariz.) 42nd 1999 Team West (Houston, Texas) 18th 2000 Heather Rollo West (Tempe, Ariz.) 109th 2001 Team East (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 15th 2004 Team West (Stanford, Calif.) T-15th 2010 Team Central (Columbus, Ind.) 13th 2011 Team West (Auburn, Wash.) 17th 2012 Team East (State College, Pa.)TBD