NCAA Women's Golf ACCtion: Saturday, May 11
Saturday May 11, 2013
May 11, 2013
CENTRAL REGIONAL: 1-Duke 851; 9-NC State 885; 14-Wake Forest 901
NORMAN, Okla. - For the eighth time in school history and the first time since the 2007 campaign, the Duke women's golf team claimed a NCAA Regional Championship as the top-seeded and third-ranked Blue Devils carded a final round 12-under-par, 276, to win the Central Regional by six strokes at the 6,298-Yard, Par 72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Duke registered a 54-hole total of 851 with rounds of 284, 291 and 276 to overtake host Oklahoma (857). The Sooners held a six-stroke lead heading into the final round, but Oklahoma shot even-par (288) to Duke's 12-under-par (276) on the final day. The Blue Devils carded a season-best three-day total of 851, which was the second-lowest regional output in school history. The 12-under-par, 276, was the second-lowest 18-hole total in school history on a par 72 course.
The Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Championship for the 25th time in school history and the 18th time out of the last 19 years. Rounding out the teams advancing the NCAA Championship were Oklahoma (857), Mississippi State (872), Florida (877), Arizona State (878), UC Davis (880), Wisconsin (883) and Michigan State (884).
NORMAN, Okla. - No. 20 NC State missed out on a second-straight NCAA finals appearance by one shot after finishing ninth at the 2013 NCAA Central Regional at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.
The Wolfpack began the day tied for ninth, and got all way up to fourth place early in Saturday's final round, before finishing with a 5-over 293 and a 54-hole total of 21-over 885.
The Wolfpack ended up one stroke behind eighth-place Michigan State in the regional. The top-8 schools advance to the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga.
Ana Menendez fired a 2-under 70 to lead NC State on Saturday. She ended up tied for 26th at 4-over 220 with the team's low score of the tournament.
NORMAN, Okla. - Wake Forest junior Olafia Kristinsdottir fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional and earned one of the two individual qualifying spots for the NCAA Championship.
Kristinsdottir made six birdies and just one bogey through the first 14 holes on Saturday and was 5-under par. She then made a couple of pars and hit her drive down the middle of the 18th fairway. As she was walking to her ball, the officials halted play for lightning in the area.
After a delay of two hours, Kristinsdottir hit her third shot on the par-5 18th into the water that fronted the green. She would go onto to make double-bogey on the hole and finish with a 69. That put her in a tie with Washington's Ying Luo at 1-under par for the tournament. Both players claimed the two individual qualifying spots.
This was the first tournament of Kristinsdottir's career in which she finished under-par. Her previous career-best 54-hole finish was 3-over par which she did on a couple of occasions. She is also the sixth Demon Deacon to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual.
As a team, the Deacons knew they needed a special round on Saturday and it just wasn't there. Wake closed with a final round 301 and finished in 14th place in the 24-team field. The Deacs were 37-over par which was 17-shots behind Michigan State who grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot.
EAST REGIONAL: 1-Alabama 844; 10-North Carolina 887; 11-Virginia 894
AUBURN, ALA. - North Carolina's 11th-ranked women's golf team fired a 305 in final round of the NCAA East Regional to finish in 10th place with an 887 total. The Tar Heels failed to advance on to the NCAA Championships as the top eight teams and top two individuals not on those eight teams continue their seasons. Juniors Jackie Chang and Casey Grice led the Tar Heels on Saturday at both fired a 1-over-par 73.
Chang was in a playoff for the second of two individual spots with two Tennessee players, Erica Popson and Chessey Thomas, who all concluded regulation play at 3-under 213. Popson defeated Chang and Thomas in the first hole of a sudden death playoff for the No. 2 spot and the chance to move on to the NCAA Championships.
Chang, from Scottsdale, Ariz., carded four birdies and five bogeys en route to her 1-over-par 73. She tied for eighth place with a 3-under 213 total. Grice posted four birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey for her 1-over 73. The native of College Station, Texas, tied for 26th place with a 2-over 218 total. Elizabeth Mallett, a freshman from Sutton Coldfield, England, carded a 7-over 79 for a 7-over 223 total to tie for 44th place. Katherine Perry, a junior from Cary, N.C., posted an 80 for a 233 total to tie for 93rd while Maia Schechter, a sophomore from Takoma Park, Md., shot 81 to finish 109th with a 239 total.
Auburn, Ala. - The 13th-ranked Virginia women's golf team finished 11th at the NCAA East Regional that wrapped up Saturday at the Auburn University Club. The Cavaliers were not one of the eight teams from the site to advance to the NCAA Championships. UVa's finish marks the first time in six years it will not participate in the NCAA Championships.
During Saturday's final round Virginia shot 8-over 296, its best single-round score of the event, to finish at 30-over 894. Top-seeded Alabama won the regional at 20-under 844. Tulane was second at 852 followed by Arkansas and Oklahoma State (864), Texas (871), Northwestern (874) and UCLA (875). Auburn finished eighth at 13-over 877 to claim the site's final spot to the NCAAs.
Virginia senior Brittany Altomare turned in the team's top performance, shooting 1-under 215. She shot even par 72 during her final collegiate round.
WEST REGIONAL: 1-Southern California 859; 19-Florida State 909; 21-Miami 927
Palo Alto, Calif. - Miami's season came to a close Saturday as the Hurricanes women's golf team finished 21st at the NCAA West Regional held at Stanford Golf Course.
The Canes posted their best round of the weekend with a 305 to finish the three-day tournament at 75-over 927. Miami's second round score was adjusted Saturday after freshman Lauren Riehle was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard for her second round.
No. 1 USC won the NCAA West Regional at 7-over 859, one stroke ahead of No. 12 Purdue. Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Stanford, Arizona, Oregon and San Jose State also advance to the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga. Georgia's Emilie Burger and Kent State's Jennifer Ha are the top two individuals advancing to the finals.
Sophomores Leticia Ras-Anderica and Rika Park, who each competed as individuals at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional, finished tied for 65th at Stanford. Ras-Anderica shot a final-round 75, while Park shot 74 as the pair finished at 14-over 227.
After carding her best round of the regional with a 77, Junior Carina Cuculiza tied for 96th at 21-over 234. Freshman Christina Ocampo tied for 108th at 26-over 239. Riehle shot a final-round 85.
Florida State Finishes 19th in NCAA West Regional
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