INDIANAPOLIS -- The 21st-ranked Texas women's golf team will continue its postseason action by traveling to Lubbock, Texas for the 2005 NCAA Central Regional, announced the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee on Monday. The regional will be played Thursday-Saturday May 5-7 at the Jerry S. Rawls Course on the campus of Texas Tech University.
"We are really looking forward to getting back out on the course," said Texas head coach Susan Watkins. "We've never played this course, but we've heard great things about it. It is definitely nice to stay close to home to start NCAA play."
A total of 324 participants were selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the NCAA Championship finals in Sunriver, Ore., May 17-20. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
The Central Regional will include No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 12 LSU, No. 14 New Mexico, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 18 Missouri, No. 20 Arkansas and No. 22 Tulsa. In total, 16 of the country's top 40 teams, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, will be in Lubbock.
Texas competed in the West Regional in 2004 at the Stanford Golf Course, tying for eighth place with Washington State and Oregon at 49-over-par. UCLA won the West Regional last year at three-under-par. The Longhorns went on to tie for sixth place at 32-over-par with Washington at the NCAA Championships, which were held at Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala. UCLA won the national championship in 2004 at four-under-par.
The Central regional will be played May 5-7 at Jerry S. Rawls Course, Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Texas Tech University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Auburn (Southeastern Conference)
2. Arizona State
3. New Mexico
5. Wake Forest
10. Tulsa (Western Athletic Conference)
12. Southern Methodist
14. Michigan State
15. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
17. Texas A& M
18. South Florida
19. Texas Tech
20. Notre Dame
21. Long Island (Northeast Conference)
1. Louise Kenney, Iowa State
2. Emily Milberger, Oklahoma
3. Merynn Ito, Nebraska
The East regional will be played May 5-7 at the University of Florida Golf Course, Gainesville, Florida, hosted by the University of Florida. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
4. Ohio State (Big Ten Conference)
6. Tulane (Conference USA)
7. Furman (Southern Conference)
9. North Carolina-Wilmington
10. Mississippi State
11. North Carolina State
12. South Carolina
14. Miami (Florida)
15. East Carolina
16. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
17. Princeton (Ivy Group)
18. James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association)
19. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
20. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
1. Adrienne White, Louisville
2. Meghan Little, Louisville
3. Brooke Mangan, Alabama-Birmingham
The West regional will be played May 5-7 at New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces, New Mexico, hosted by New Mexico State University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. UCLA (Pacific-10 Conference)
3. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
5. Southern California
8. Washington State
10. UNLV (Mountain West Conference)
12. San Francisco
13. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
14. Brigham Young
15. Colorado State
16. Portland State (Big Sky Conference)
18. Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent Conference)
19. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference)
20. Georgia State (Atlantic Sun Conference)
21. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
1. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State
2. Laura Luethke, Fresno State
3. Renee Skidmore, Idaho