May 1, 2006
Courtsey of Kent State Sports Information
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State University women's golf team will travel to Bryan Texas, for the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships Central Regional, May 11-13, at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M the NCAA announced today (May 1). Kent State is one of 21 teams in the Central Regional, with the top eight teams and two individuals advancing to the NCAA Championship May 23-26, at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
The Golden Flashes are the seventh seed in the 21-team field. The Central Regional consists of, in seeding order, Duke, Southern California, Pepperdine, Texas A&M, Florida, Oklahoma State, Kent State, Ohio State, Michigan State, SMU, TCU, Missouri, Baylor, Tulsa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Texas, Birmingham-Southern, Jacksonville State, Jackson State and St. Francis (Pa.). The seventh seeding is the highest ever for Kent State in an NCAA regional. The Central Regional features the nation's unanimous No. 1 team in Duke, while Southern Cal, Pepperdine and Texas A&M are all ranked among the nation's top 15 teams.
"This is an absolutely loaded field with very good teams from top to bottom," head coach Mike Morrow said. "Perhaps in the other regions there is a drop off, but not in ours where the teams are very strong. When you look at the top and see Duke, USC, Pepperdine and Texas A&M, then all the way down and Texas is the No. 17 seed... that's a loaded field."
Kent State is making its sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and sixth overall in the eight-year history of the women's golf program. A year ago, the Golden Flashes tied for 11th at the NCAA Central Regional in Lubbock, Texas. Kent State has advanced to the NCAA Championships twice, in 2003 and 2001 - when the Flashes claimed a program-best finish of 15th at the NCAA Championship.
The Golden Flashes will be playing Texas A&M's Traditions Club for the second time this season and the third time in the last two years, as KSU placed seventh of 18 teams at the "Mo"Morial Invitational in March and tied for second in the same event in 2005.
"It is probably the most difficult course we have played in collegiate golf, but having played four rounds there in the last two years, we should know the course better than anyone but Texas A&M," Morrow said. "We should have an advantage in knowing what it takes to play well there.
"And it should be an exciting tournament because no lead is safe on that course," Morrow continued. "A lead or deficit of 20 shots can be made up in one day. I think it's going to be a great test of golf."
The Golden Flashes won their eighth straight Mid-American Conference championship yesterday, taking a 60-shot victory over Toledo at Walden Ponds in Indian Springs, Ohio, earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Tara Delaney shot 1-under 287 and won the tournament by four shots, earning MAC Golfer of the Year honors, while head coach Mike Morrow was named MAC Coach of the Year for the seventh time. Freshman Kirby Dreher was named MAC Freshman of the Year, and each of Kent State's five players earned All-MAC honors as Delaney, sophomore Kira Meixner and senior Becky Wood were each All-MAC First Team, while Dreher and junior Karen Delaney earned All-MAC Second Team honors.
The Golden Flashes posted a team total of 14-over in the tournament and along the way recorded two of the top-4 single-rounds team totals in MAC history - yesterday's 284 and a 289 in the second round Friday. Kent State's depth was too much for the rest of the field as each of the Golden Flashes finished tied for sixth or better. The Flashes' average dropped score in the tournament was 75.5 and the highest score posted by a KSU player was 77 in the four rounds.
Kent State has won three tournaments in 2005-06, including the Shootout at the Legends in the fall and the Northwestern Invitational and MAC Championships this spring. The Flashes are ranked 20th or 21st in the latest women's collegiate golf rankings and polls, and earlier this spring Kent State was named Golfweek's women's college team of the week after winning at the Northwestern Invitational.
The following is a list of the fields in the three regionals:
East: 1. Arizona State; 2. Auburn ; 3. Tennessee; 4. Wake Forest; 5. California; 6. Vanderbilt; 7. Virginia; 8. South Carolina; 9. LSU; 10. Florida State; 11. Alabama; 12. North Carolina State; 13. Augusta State; 14. Maryland; 15. Furman; 16. North Carolina; 17. Mississippi State; 18. Campbell; 19. College of Charleston; 20. East Carolina; 21. Yale. Individuals: 1. Adrienne White, Louisville; 2. Christina Jones, South Florida; 3. Michelle Jarman, North Carolina-Wilmington.
Central: 1. Duke; 2. Southern California; 3. Pepperdine; 4. Texas A&M; 5. Florida; 6. Oklahoma State; 7. Kent State; 8. Ohio State; 9. Michigan State; 10. SMU; 11. TCU; 12. Missouri; 13. Baylor; 14. Tulsa; 15. Nebraska; 16. Northwestern; 17. Texas; 18. Birmingham-Southern; 19. Jacksonville State; 20. Jackson State; 21. St. Francis (Pa.). Individuals: 1. Samantha Richdale, Illinois State; 2. Amy Schmucker, Michigan; 3. Amanda Costner, Kansas.
West: 1. UCLA; 2. Georgia; 3. Purdue; 4. Arkansas; 5. UNLV; 6. Arizona; 7. Stanford; 8. New Mexico; 9. Washington; 10. Long Beach State; 11. Brigham Young; 12. UC Irvine; 13. San Jose State; 14. Denver; 15. Oregon State; 16. Washington State; 17. New Mexico State; 18. Georgia State; 19. Oral Roberts; 20. Bradley; 21. Montana. Individuals: 1. Jessica Potter, San Francisco; 2. Renee Skidmore, Idaho; 3. Chelsea Benton, Colorado State.