Story Courtsey of Kent State Media Relations
KENT, Ohio - A day after locking up its 12th straight Mid-American Conference Championship, Kent State learned that it would be headed to Columbus, Ind. for the team's 10th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. Seeded 12th, the Golden Flashes will travel to Otter Creek Golf Course May 6-8, as the NCAA released the regional pairings Monday evening.
Hosted by Indiana University, the 54-hole event features top-ranked Arizona State and top-10 teams Southern California and Purdue. All told, the 24-team Central Regional field includes eight schools ranked in the top 25 of the most recent Golfstat and Golfweek national polls (see complete list below). KSU stands 33rd in the current Golfstat rankings and is 35th according to Golfweek.
The Flashes' best regional showing came when they finished second in 2003. KSU has advanced to the NCAA Championship in 2001, 2003 and 2006.
Following a practice round Wednesday (May 5), the Flashes will be paired with Louisville and Oregon the next morning with the first tee time set for 8 a.m. EDT on the 10th tee.
Under head coach Mike Morrow - the only mentor in the program's 12-year history - the Golden Flashes have utilized the same line-up in each of their 10 tournaments this season. Named the MAC Player of the Year Sunday, junior Martina Gavier (Cordoba, Argentina) headlines Kent State's contingent. Sophomore Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) joined Gavier on the All-MAC first team, while junior Sarah Bradley (Cambridge, New Zealand) was a second-team pick. Sophomores Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) and Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) round out the starting five.
Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each of the three regional sites (the other two are in Greenville, N.C. and Stanford, Calif.). The NCAA Championship will be held May 18-21 at Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
2010 NCAA Central Regional Field (Golfstat/Golfweek)
1. Arizona State 1/2
2. Southern California 5/4
3. Purdue (Big Ten) 8/7
4. Michigan State 10/13
5. Georgia 14/14
6. Denver (Sun Belt) 17/16
7. New Mexico (Mountain West) 20/21
8. Florida State 23/22
9. Oklahoma State
10. Louisville (Big East)
12. Kent State (Mid-American)
14. Notre Dame
16. San Diego State
19. North Carolina State
21. Illinois State (Missouri Valley)
22. Murray State (Ohio Valley)
23. Detroit (Horizon League)
24. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic)
Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.