Site: Bryan, Texas
1. Julia Best Jr. Bulverde, Texas
2. Devan Andersen Sr. Guadalajara ,Mexico
3. Kelley Louth So. Houston, Texas
4. Brittany Givilancz So. Weslaco, Texas
5. Caney Hines Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Tournament Info/Results Format
The 2006 NCAA Central Region Women's Golf Championship will be played over three days (Thurs.-Sat., May 11-13). Each day will be made up of 18 holes for a 54 hole total.
The Traditions Golf Club will play as a par 72 and its length will be 6,289 yards.
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. Here is a look at the field in regional seed order:
2. Southern California
4. Texas A&M
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kent State
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
19. Jacksonville State
20. Jackson State
21. St. Francis (Pa.)
For more tournament information and complete results, visit the official site of Aggie Athletics, . Live results will also be available on .
Last Year's Regional Championships
The 21st-ranked Texas women's golf team missed advancing to the NCAA Championship by one stroke after shooting a 21-over-par 309 in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional (Rawls Course: Par 72, 6,328 yards) to finish in ninth place at 52-over-par (290-317-309) which was held at the Jerry S. Rawls Course. Lisa Ferrero did advance to represent the Longhorns at the NCAA Championship after securing one of the two individual spots by finishing in a tie for fourth place at six-over-par (70-73-79). Auburn took the team regional title at 32-over-par (294-309-293) and the Tigers' Diana Ramage earned medalist honors, finishing at four-under-par.
With the top eight finishers advancing to the NCAA Championship, Texas finished one stroke behind Arkansas for the final qualifying position, snapping a seven-year run at the national tournament. Along with Auburn and Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Arizona State, Tulsa, Purdue and Michigan State advanced from the NCAA Central Regional. The top two individuals not on one of the qualifying teams also advance to the national tournament. Ferrero took the first slot and LSU's Brook Shelton earned the second spot after defeating Michigan's Brianna Broderick in a playoff. Ferrero entered the final round with a two-shot lead, but a seven-over-par 79 during the final round dropped her into a tie for fourth.
Kelley Louth and Julia Best completed their first NCAA competition by finishing in a tie for 68th place and 96th, respectively. Louth carded a six-over-par 78 on Saturday to finish at 20-over-par, while Best shot a seven-over-par 79 to finish at 28-over-par.
Texas at the Big 12 Championships
Texas finished seventh at the 2006 Big 12 Championships held at the Country Club of Lincoln (April 17-19) in Lincoln, Neb., hosted by the University of Nebraska. Junior Julia Best placed eighth for a career-best finish at the conference tournament.
Texas finished with a 69-over par team score of 933 after a final round 27 over par 315. Texas shot 314 in the opening round and 304 in the second round of play. The seventh place finish marks the 10th consecutive finish for UT among the top seven teams at the Big 12 Championships.
Best shot a final round eight-over par 80 to go with opening rounds of 75 and 73. Her 12-over par total of 228 marks her best conference tournament score and finish. The Bulverde, Texas native's total of 288 was her third best three-card score of the season. It also marked Best's third top 10 finish this season out of eight outings.
Junior Julia Best is leading the Longhorns with a career best 76.54 per round average after playing in all of Texas' eight events this season. She was named All-Big 12 Second Team in 2006 for the first time in her career. Best has come on strong in her last four outings, leading UT with top finishes at the Betsy Rawls Invitational (T-7th), PING/ASU Invitational (T-32nd), Susie Maxwell Berning Golf Classic (T-6th) and a career-best eighth at the Big 12 Championships. She totaled a six-over par 222 at the Susie Maxwell for her best three round total of her career. Last season, she finished in a tie for 26th place in her first trip to the Big 12 Championships. Best's career best finish at the NCAA Regionals 96th as a sophomore in 2005.
Andersen's Final Rounds
Senior Devan Andersen enters her third and final NCAA Regional Championships with the Longhorns' second best scoring average at 77.00. At the 2006 Big 12 Championships, Andersen finished second on the UT squad with a season. She has led the team with top individual team finishes at The Derby Invitational (T-24th) and at the Guadalajara Invitational (T-38th). She has a season low round of 72 carded in the first round of The Derby Invitational and the third round of the PING/ASU Invitational (Tempe, Ariz.). Her best career finish at the NCAA Regionals is a tie for 21st in 2004 as a sophomore.
Another Year in the Line-Up
Sophomore Kelley Louth and Brittany Givilancz both help solidify the line-up this year at the NCAA Central Regional Championships. Last season Louth made her first trip to the regionals finishing tied for 68th after being named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. She is tied for third on the team with a 79.17 per round average. Her best finish was a tie for 19th at the Susie Maxwell Berning Golf Classic. Givilancz is currently fifth on the team with an 80.00 per round average. Her best finish was a tie for 40th at the Big 12 Championships.
Finding Her Way
In only her first year playing in the college ranks, freshman Caney Hines is currently tied for third on the team with a 79.17 per round average. She had a team-low round of five-under par 68 shot in the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational, tying the second best mark in UT school history.