Story courtesy of Western Michigan Media Relations
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - For the first time in program history, Western Michigan has placed an individual in the NCAA Women's Golf Regional. Senior Britney Hamilton, fresh off placing second at the Mid-American Conference Championships, will be one of six individuals participating in the Central Regional hosted by Notre Dame at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. (May 5-7).
Hamilton learned of her selection when WMU head coach Cindy Trout contacted her via phone immediately after Monday evening's selection conference call.
"I was speechless," said Hamilton during a phone interview this evening. "This is the biggest event I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of, and I am very excited.
"I worked really hard this season and you get out of things what you put in. It will be a different event than anything I have ever played because I won't have the team with me. Golf is an individual sport but being a part of a team during competition definitely puts you in a different mind set. Now, my score affects only me and how far I am able to advance."
Hamilton, who had sent her golf clubs home with her parents after the final round of the MAC Championships this past Sunday, will complete her finals this week and begin preparation for the NCAA Central Regional on Saturday.
The Lake Orion, Mich., native enters the NCAA Regional with a 75.04 scoring average in 2010-11, a new WMU record. Her career average of 76.8 is also a new WMU record. She has set the record for 54-hole scores twice in her career and also holds the second and third spot in single-round scoring with a 68 and 69 on her resume'. Hamilton captured her first collegiate title at the Falcon Invitational one week prior to the MAC Championships.
There are 24 teams and six individuals at each of the three regionals with the top eight teams and top two individuals advancing to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships (May 18-21) at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
Hamilton is one of two golfers from the MAC to earn a spot as an individual in this year's tournament. Brittany Kelly of Ball State was the other golfer. Hamilton and Kelly are tied for third in the MAC in scoring average.