NCAA Women's Golf Regional ACCtion: Saturday, May 7

May 7, 2011

West Regional

UVa Golfers Advance to NCAA Championships for Fourth Straight Season

Auburn, Wash. - The sixth-ranked Virginia women's golf team earned a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships Saturday following a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships at Washington National Golf Club. Virginia shot 8-over 296 during the final round of the 54-hole tournament to tie No. 22 UC Davis at 23-over 887. The top eight teams from each of three regional sites advance to the NCAA Championships May 18-21 at Bryan, Texas.

"To pack up, travel out to the northwest, play a course none of us had seen, and do so in cool and wet conditions, I could not be more proud of the girls this week," said Virginia coach Kim Lewellen. "They were patient, really did a good job of playing consistent golf, team golf, and now they get to go compete for the national championship. That was the goal all season and they did a terrific job of making it happen."

Central Regional

Deacons' Strong Finish Propels Them to the NCAA Championships

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Wake Forest women's golf team entered the final round of the NCAA Central Regional six shots out of the eighth qualifying spot. After a decent front nine, Wake turned up the heat on the back nine and overtook three teams for the eighth and final spot, advancing to the NCAA Championships.

On a day filled with highlights, perhaps one of the biggest came from senior Allie Bodemann. The Palm City, Fla., native made three birdies on the final nine holes to post a final round 76. It was her best round since the final round of the Bryan National on March 27.

Bodemann opened the tournament with rounds of 82-83 and went out on the front nine at 4-over par. But she played a gritty back nine at even-par to post the Deacons' first score of the day.

Junior Cheyenne Woods started her final round with a bogey at the opening hole but she bounced-back with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3. She then parred the next nine holes before making a long birdie putt on the par-4 13th to get to 2-under for the day. The Phoenix, Ariz., native closed the round with five-straight pars to post just one of three under-par rounds on the day. Her 2-under 70 bumped her into fifth place at 5-over par.

Duke's Duncan Advances to NCAA Championship as Individual

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - With a 54-hole total of 222, Duke University sophomore Lindy Duncan received one of two individual spots in the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championship on Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional, which was being played at the 6,208-yard, par 72 Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.

Duncan will next travel to College Station, Texas from May 18-21 to play at the Texas A&M Traditions Club course for nationals. Unfortunately as a team, the Blue Devils missed advancing for the first time since 1997 -- breaking an incredible 13-year streak guided by Head Coach Dan Brooks. Duke finished ninth as a team and four strokes behind the final eight spot held by Atlanta Coast Conference (ACC) foe Wake Forest.

East Regional

Carolina Golfers Finish Second At NCAA East Regional

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The North Carolina women's golf team qualified for the NCAA Championships finishing as the runner-up at the NCAA East Regional played at LPGA International's Legends Course. The Tar Heels fired a 5-over-par 293 in the final round for a 4-over 868 total, just two strokes behind Alabama.

Three Tar Heels fired a 1-over-par 73 in the final round - junior Catherine O'Donnell and freshmen Jackie Chang and Casey Grice. The other two Carolina players, freshman Katherine Perry and junior Allie White, carded a 2-over 74 on Saturday. O'Donnell, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for sixth place with a 1-over 217 total. Perry, from Cary, N.C., and Chang, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., both finished one stroke back at 2-over 218 in a tie for 11th place. White, from Lancaster, Ohio, tied for 18th at 3-over 219 while Grice, a native of College Station, Texas, posted a 4-over 220 to tie for 20th place.

Noles Golf Falls Short

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Florida State women's golf team fell in a one hole playoff to Vanderbilt and was denied a spot in the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship finals as play in the NCAA East Regional Championship came to a close on the Legends Course at LPGA International. In the one hole sudden victory playoff, the Seminoles scored three pars (Jessica Negron, Macarena Silva and Maria Salinas) and two bogeys while the Commodores scored four pars and only one bogey to advance to next week's championship finals at the Traditions Course at Bryan, Texas.

The Seminoles will be represented at the NCAA Championship finals by sophomore Jessica Negron who finished as one of the two highest ranking individuals not on one of the top eight qualifying teams. Florida State's Maria Salinas was defeated by Caroline Powers of Michigan State in her bid to earn the second individual spot.

Miami's Ronderos Wraps Up NCAA Regional

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Maria Ronderos shot an 80 in her last round as a Hurricane on Saturday at NCAA East Regional in Daytona Beach. The senior finishes the year with a 74.68 season stroke average, seventh-best in the program's history.

The Colombia native (+23) finished in a tie for 106th place in the tournament.

Ronderos' season stroke average is the lowest since Tina Miller (74.23) in 2004-05. She had a remarkable season that included an All-ACC selection, a career-low round of 67 and an All-Tournament honor in the team's win at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic in February. Ronderos played as the number one player for the Hurricanes all season.