The Ohio State University Scarlet Course (Par 72, 6,203 yards)
Julia Best (Jr., Bulverde, Texas/Smithson Valley)
Devan Andersen (Sr., Guadalajara, Mexico)
Schedule of events
Tuesday, May 23: First Round
Wednesday, May 23: Second Round
Thursday, May 25: Third Round
Friday, May 26: Final Round
Tournament Info/Results Format
The 2006 NCAA 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. Texas is sending two individuals, senior Devan Andersen and junior Julia Best.
The Ohio State University Scarlet Course was established in 1938 and originally designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie ... it was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2005-06 ... Par 72, 6203 ... competitive course record: 66 ... The Scarlet Course has been host to tournaments like the USGA Junior Championships, U.S. Open Qualifier, AJGA Tournament of Champions, Kepler Intercollegiate, Lady Buckeye Invitational, Northern Intercollegiate, Rolex Fall Preview, PING/Golfweek Preview, Big Ten Championships and 14 Women's National Championships.
Duke is the defending NCAA Champion ... three regional competitions were held May 11-13 ... of the 324 regional participants, 126 advanced to the finals ... eight teams and two individuals, not on a selected team, advanced from each regional ... all participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition ... in the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score ... here is a look at the field in regional finish order:
1. Southern California
5. Oklahoma State
6. Texas A&M
7. Kent State
1. Devan Andersen, Texas
2. Julia Best, Texas
1. Rachel Newren, BYU
2. Joanna Klatten, Georgia St.
4. Florida State
5. Arizona State
7. Wake Forest
1. Lauren Smith, Augusta St.
2. Leah Wigger, Virginia
For more tournament information and complete results, visit the official site of Buckeye Athletics, ... live results will also be available on
Texas at the NCAA Central Regional Championships
Senior Devan Andersen and junior Julia Best both posted strong final round scores at the NCAA Central Regionals and finished in a tie for sixth and 13th, respectively, to propel themselves into the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf National Championships as individual qualifiers.
The NCAA Central Regional took place over a three-day period at the Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas ... the Longhorns women's team finished 11th in the 21-team field with a 67-over par 931, and did not qualify for the NCAA national team championships ... the top eight teams and the two top individuals (Andersen and Best) from non-qualifying teams will represent the Central Region at the NCAA finals ... Anderson finished the three-day event with a seven-over par 223, while Best registered a nine-over par 225.
UT finished nine strokes below the NCAA Championships cut line, as the squad posted a third-round score of 22-over par 310 ... second seed and No. 6 ranked USC won the Central Regional with a two-stroke victory over No. 1 ranked and top-seeded Duke. USC carded a 19-over par 883, with Duke finishing 21-over par. No. 7 Pepperdine, the third seed, took third at 39-over par.
The tie for sixth is Andersen's career-best in a Regional, and her score of 223 ties her career-best (set at the 2004 West Regional) ... the score was her best of the season and stands as her highest tourney finish of 2006.
Best's tie for 13th also was her career-best finish at a regional ... the Bulverde, Texas native shot back-to-back rounds of 76 then carded a 73 in her final 18 holes to keep her first NCAA individual invite hopes alive.
UT sophomore Kelley Louth finished tied for 58th after finishing at 20-over par 236 (80-75-81) ... competing for the first time at the NCAA Regionals were sophomore Brittany Givilancz and freshman Caney Hines ... Hines tied for 89th (+32 score of 248) and Givilancz tied for 96th (39-over par 255).
Texas at the NCAA's Last Year
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 ... then-senior Lisa Ferrero however advanced 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).
Ferrero shot a final-round 75 to tie for 60th place (74-78-76-75=303, +19) at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships (Meadows Golf Course: Par 71, 6,312 yards) ... Duke's Anna Grzebien earned medalist honors after finishing with a two-over-par 286 ... the Blue Devils finished at 34-over-par to win the national championship by five strokes over UCLA.
Ferrero started the final round on the back nine and birdied number 10 before bogeying numbers 11 and 14 to finish her first nine at one-over-par ... she went on to birdie number six, but bogeys on numbers one, two, five and eight left her at three-over-par on the front nine and four-over-par for the round.
This was Ferrero's final tournament as a Longhorn ... she finished her career as two time All-Big 12 second team performer and a three time Academic All-Big 12 honoree ... her best finish, a tie for second place, came earlier this season at the Big 12 Championships and she ends her career with a 75.78 scoring average.
Texas at the 2006 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 ... 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 (Bulverde, Texas) is leading the Longhorns with a career best 76.37 per round average after playing in all of Texas' nine events this season ... she was named All-Big 12 Second Team and earned an individual spot at the 2006 NCAA Championships, both firsts for her career ... at the NCAA Central Regionals, Best tied for 13th (+9) after posting rounds of 76, 76 and 73 to earn the second individual bid to the NCAA National Champinships ... Best has come on strong in her last five 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), a career-best eighth at the Big 12 Championships and a career-best finish tied for 13 at the NCAA Central Regional 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 is making her first appearance at the NCAA National Championsips as an individual.
Andersen's Final Rounds
Senior Devan Andersen (Guadalajara, Mexico) enters her third and final NCAA National Championships with the Longhorns' second best scoring average at 76.62 ... had a career-best the NCAA Central Regional finish (T-6th) to earn one of two individual passes to the NCAA National Championships ... at the 2006 Big 12 Championships, Andersen tied for 16th-place at 16-over par ... 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 National Championships is a tie for 50th in 2003 as a freshman.