Kent State's Women's Golf Team Opens NCAA Central Regional Thursday

Updated 5/5/2004

May 5, 2004

KENT, Ohio - The Kent State University women's golf team opens its bid for its first-ever NCAA Central Regional title Thursday, May 6, at University Golf Course in Normal, Ill. The Golden Flashes are making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Central Regional, having finished a program-best second last year.

The Golden Flashes, the No. 15 seed in the regional, are coming off their sixth-straight MAC Championships victory, where junior Gabby Wedding (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) earned medalist and MAC Golfer of the Year honors. The NCAA Central Regionals feature 18 holes over three days, starting Thursday. Live scoring of the NCAA Central Regional can be viewed by logging onto www.golfstat.com.

Coming Up: May 6-8, at NCAA Central Regional (54 holes) at University Golf Course (Par 72, 5,977 yards), Hamilton, Ohio

Recent Result: First of nine teams (306-296-300=902) at the MAC Championships

Top Kent State Finisher: Junior Gabby Wedding (71-69-75=215, -1), First

NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL The course: University Golf Course

Location: Normal, Ill.

Par/Yardage: 71/6,108 yards

The field: 1. Vanderbilt, 2. New Mexico, 3. Arizona, 4. Southern California, 5. Oklahoma, 6. Michigan State, 7. Tulsa, 8. Missouri, 9. TCU, 10. Arkansas, 11. Texas A&M, 12. Kansas State, 13. Indiana, 14. Southern Methodist, 15. Kent State, 16. Purdue, 17. Northwestern, 18. Baylor, 19. Notre Dame, 20. Princeton, 21. Illinois State. Individuals: Malinda Johnson, Wisconsin; Linda Svensson, Arkansas-Little Rock; Laura Olin, Michigan

2003 team champion: California

2003 individual champion: K. Connelly, Wisconsin

GOLDEN FLASHES STARTING LINEUP:

Name Yr. Hometown 03-04 Avg. Career Avg.

Gabby Wedding Jr. Wilmington, Ohio 74.50 76.23

Martina Gillen Sr. Dublin, Ireland 75.14 75.27

Becky Wood So. Glossop, England 77.48 78.55

Katie Williams So. Cambridge, Ontario 80.28 80.43

Karen Delaney Fr. Carlow, Ireland 80.85 80.85

Head Coach: Mike Morrow (Kent State '76)

SCOUTING THE REGIONAL: The 2004 NCAA Central Regional features six teams rated in the top 20 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, including top-seed and No. 5 Vanderbilt. Five teams at the regional claimed their conference championship; Vanderbilt (Southeastern Confernce), Tulsa (Western Athletic Conference), Kent State (Mid-American Conference), Princeton (Ivy Group) and Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference). Additionally, three of the top-20 golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings are in the field, including Arizona's Erica Blasberg.

KENT STATE NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL HISTORY: The Golden Flashes are making their fourth straight and fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Central Regional. Last year, Kent State finished a school-best second at the regional, finishing behind California. The Flashes have finished in the top 10 in each regional appearance, claiming seventh in 2001 and ninth in 2002. Senior Martina Gillen (Dublin, Ireland/Maryfield College) posted the program's best individual finish at the regional, finishing runner-up in 2002. Kent State has twice finished in the top eight (2001, 2003) and advanced to the NCAA Championships.