INDIANAPOLIS -- The University of Texas women's golf team was one of 63 teams selected to participate in the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships Regionals, as announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee.
There are three regional sites, and Texas will participate at the NCAA Central Regional which take place at 7,200-yard The Traditions Club at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M will serve as host for the Central regional.
All three regional tournaments will be conducted Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, to determine the NCAA Championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition. A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition (63 teams of five players each, plus nine individuals from teams which were not selected). Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
The East regional will be played at the Bryan Park Golf Course, Bryan Park, North Carolina (hosted by Wake Forest University), while the West regional take place at the Washington National Golf Club in Las Auburn, Washington (hosted by the University of Washington).
The 2006 NCAA Championship finals will be held Tuesday-Friday, May 23-26 at the Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State University will serve as host.
UT head coach Susan Watkins and the Longhorns will join a field of 20 other teams in College Station. Of those 20 opponents, five are ranked in the top 15 nationally, and 10 are ranked in the top 25. Top-ranked Duke, the defending NCAA champion, will compete at the Central Regional tourney along with No. 6 Southern California, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 12 A&M and No. 15 Florida. UT stands 48th in the most recent Golfstat head-to-head standings.
Duke won the 2005 NCAA title with a five-stroke victory over runnerup UCLA and a six-stroke edge over third-place Auburn at Sunriver Resort-Meadows in Sun River, Oregon.
Last year, Texas missed out by one stroke on advancing to the NCAA Championship out of regional play. With the top eight finishers advancing to the NCAA Championship, Texas finished ninth at the Central playoffs, one stroke behind Arkansas for the final qualifying position. That snapped UT's seven-year run at the NCAA National Championship. Then-senior Lisa Ferrero represented the Longhorns at the NCAA Championship, securing one of the two individual spots by finishing in a tie for fourth place in the regionals. Ferrero then went on to tie for 60th place at the NCAA Championships.
There will be no admission charge for the Central regional competition at The Traditions Club. Free parking also will be available at the golf course. For more information on the NCAA Central Regional go to . For a full list of 2006 NCAA women's golf participating schools and individuals, go to NCAASports.com.
2006 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional Tournament
Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, 2006
The Traditions Club at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas
(Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution)
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. Southern California
4. Texas A&M (Big 12 Conference)
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
18. Birmingham-Southern (Big South Conference)
19. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
20. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
21. St. Francis (Pennsylvania) (Northeast Conference)
1. Samantha Richdale, Illinois State
2. Amy Schmucker, Michigan
3. Amanda Costner, Kansas