NCAA Women's Golf Regional ACCtion: Saturday, May 12

May 12, 2012

West Regional: T1-UCLA 873, T1-LSU 873, 7-North Carolina 880.

Carolina's O'Donnell Wins NCAA West Regional

ERIE, COL. - University of North Carolina senior Catherine O'Donnell captured the individual championship of the NCAA West Regional. O'Donnell fired a 2-under-par 70 on Saturday to finish with a 7-under 209 total to win the title by one stroke. The No. 6 ranked Tar Heels placed seventh thus advancing on to the NCAA Championships which will be played May 22-25. Carolina carded a 6-over 294 in the final round and finished with an 880 total at the Colorado National Golf Club.

O'Donnell, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was 2-over on the front nine after suffering bogies on the first two holes and a double-bogie on #9 with 2 birdies in between. But she came roaring back and was 4-under on the back with birdies on holes 10, 12, 13 and 15 to finish at 2-under 70. Her 7-under 209 total gave her a one-stroke win over Austin Ernst of LSU. This was O'Donnell's second win this year and the third of her career. She tied for first at the LSU Classic earlier this spring and also tied for first at the 2008 Tar Heel Invitational.

"Obviously we're glad to have made it to Nationals and we're excited for Catherine (O'Donnell) who played really fantastic golf," said Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. "The team got off to a very slow start this morning, but we came back and I'm proud of them for that. The good news is we made it to Nationals and we've got a few days to work before the Championships and we feel confident that we'll do well."

Two Tar Heels, senior Allie White and sophomore Casey Grice, both tied for 35th place with 7-over 223 totals. White, from Lancaster, Ohio, fired a 1-over 73 in the final round carding four birdies and five bogies while Grice, from College Station, Texas, posted a 5-over 77. Junior Courtney Gunter, from Matthews, N.C., fired a 3-over 75 in the final round to finish at 10-over 226 in a tie for 49th. Katherine Perry, a sophomore from Cary, N.C., carded a 4-over 76 for 13-over 229 total to tie for 72nd.

Central Regional: 1-USC 874, 5-Virginia 905, 7-NC State 911, T10-Florida State 919.

UVa Women's Golfers Advance to NCAA Championships

Columbus, Ohio - The 27th-ranked Virginia women's golf team earned a berth into the 2012 NCAA Championships by finishing fifth at the NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio. The top eight teams from the 24-team field advance to the national tournament May 22-25 in Franklin, Tenn., at Vanderbilt University's Legends Club.

This will mark the fifth consecutive season the Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Championships. UVa is one of six teams to make a fifth straight appearance at the NCAAs. The other schools are: Alabama, Arizona State, Purdue, UCLA and USC.

Virginia shot 13-over 301 during Saturday's final round to finish the 54-hole tournament at 905. USC led the field at 874 followed by Vanderbilt at 899. Purdue was third at 902 and Tennessee placed fourth at 904. Also qualifying from the region were Ohio State (908), NC State (911) and Arkansas (913).

Virginia was led by the fourth-place finish of junior Brittany Altomare. She shot 1-under 71 during the final round for a three-day total of 2-over 218. Lisa McCloskey of USC and Maria Salinas of Florida State tied for medalist honors at 3-under 213.

NC State Advances to NCAA Championship

COLUMBUS, OHIO - NC State women's golf advanced to its first-ever NCAA Championship by finshing seventh of 24 teams at the NCAA Central Regional on an 12-over par 300 final round, Saturday at Ohio State's par 72, 6,264 yard Scarlet Course.

The 2012 Wolfpack solidified its case as the best team in the program's history by securing its first championship berth ever on its highest finish ever at an NCAA Regional, bettering the previous record of 10th set in 2008.

Augusta James also made history by finishing tied for 10th, improving on Colby Cobb's school-record 13th place finish in the 2002 NCAA East Regional. James scaled the individual leaderboard with a 1-under 71 over the final round, for a 6-over 222 total.

Brittany Marchand also landed in the top-20 with her best round of the tournament, a 2-over 74 to end up in 18th at 10-over with a 226.

Salinas Advances As NCAA Regional Champion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (seminoles.com) - Florida State's Maria Salinas finished in a tie for first in the individual standings and advanced to the NCAA Championships as an individual participant but the Seminoles saw their season end as they finished in a tie for 10th place in the team standings - six strokes behind Arkansas for the eighth and final spot to advance to the National Championships. Salinas will travel as one of nine individual participants to the NCAA Championships at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25.

In becoming the first individual regional champion in school history, Salinas finished in a tie for first place with Lisa McCloskey of Southern California. Salinas birdied four of her last six holes while McCloksey bogeyed three of her last five holes to allow the two players to finish in a tie for first place. Because Salinas was the top finishing individual not on one of the top eight teams and McCloskey advanced to the championships as a member of the winning team, the tie was not broken by a playoff.

Southern California won the regional team championship and will be joined by Vanderbilt, Purdue, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio State, NC State and Arkansas as the eight representatives from the NCAA Central Regional Championships at the NCAA Championships.

"I am heartbroken for my girls," said head coach Amy Bond. "This will always be a special team to me; they did everything that was asked of them. We just came up short - six strokes short - in our goal to advance to the National Championships. I am extremely happy for Maria who has a great shot to win a national championship. That is our next goal as a coaching staff- the help her become a national champion."

Park and Ras-Anderica Wrap-Up Post-Season

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A hard fought final round at the NCAA Central Regional concluded with two individuals and eight teams advancing to the NCAA Nationals. Freshman Leticia Ras-Anderica made a late surge, but wasn't enough as the 2011-12 post-season ended for the Hurricanes.

Down one-stroke on the final hole, Ras-Anderica (80-73-77--230) sank a birdie putt that would tie her with (and put the pressure on) East Tenn. State's Gabriella Wahl (79-77-73--229). However, Wahl answered with a birdie of her own to punch her ticket in to the next round.

"I definitely learned a lot this year," said Ras-Anderica. "Every tournament was a great experience for me, and I feel very confident for next season."

Ras-Anderica's counterpart, Rika Park, ended her first post-season tallying 79-80-82--241 for the tourney.

East Regional: 1-South Carolina 873, T6-Duke 887, T14-Wake Forest 907, 17-Maryland 914.

Blue Devil Golfers Advance to NCAA Championship

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Even though the fifth-ranked and third-seeded Duke women's golf team was down a golfer due to injury, the Blue Devils played two straight days of outstanding golf at the NCAA East Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship for the 24th time in school history and the 14th time out of the last 15 years.

"They did show a lot of heart. I have seen teams go down to four for a day, maybe two," said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. "I don't know of a team at regionals who has played with four, all three days, and advanced on to nationals. It possibly has happened but I am not aware of it. I am real proud of them for having done this."

Duke registered rounds of 302, 293 and 292 to finish with a 54-hole total of 887 on its way to placing tied for sixth overall. South Carolina, who is coached by Duke alum Kalen Anderson, claimed the team title with a three-day total of 873. Texas A&M, (878), Texas (878), Alabama (879), Florida (879), Arizona State (887), Michigan State (887) and Duke rounded out the eight teams advancing on to the NCAA Championship.

"A little reminder about being calm and trusting your game," commented Brooks on what he told the team heading into the final round. "That is probably what all the coaches are saying out here. For us, with only four on the course, it was particularly important to do that. They did a great job."

Women's Golf Finishes NCAA East Regional With Round Of 299

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Wake Forest women's golf team carded a final round 299 at the NCAA East Regional and finished tied for 14th at 43-over par.

Senior All-American Cheyenne Woods played her last round as a Demon Deacon and finished with a 3-over 75. Her 54-hole total of 7-over 223 left her in a tie for 35th.

Woods finished her career with a scoring average of 73.31, which is the lowest scoring average in school history. She also finished this season with an average of 73.69 which is the fourth-lowest in school history. Woods now has the first and the fourth lowest single-season averages at Wake Forest.

Freshman Marissa Dodd also capped her freshman season with a solid round of 2-over 74. Dodd made a total of four birdies on the day and finished the tournament in a tie for 59th at 11-over par.

Terps Finish 17th at Regionals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Freshman Juliet Vongphoumy carded the second-lowest NCAA regional score for a Terrapin golfer all-time Saturday to lead the Maryland women's golf team to a 17th-place finish at the NCAA East Regional at the par-72, 6,253-yard Blue Course at Penn State Golf Courses. The Terps finished with a 914 (303-307-304), which is the second-lowest team score all-time in NCAA competition.

Vongphoumy tallied two birdies on the front nine to enter the turn at 1-under, but double bogeys on No. 14 and No. 17 caused Vongphoumy to finish with a 3-over 75. The Providence, R.I., native finished the tournament with a 5-over 221 (68-78-75) and in a tie for 19th.

Senior Jessica Hollandsworth wrapped up her collegiate career with a 12-over 228 (77-74-77) and in a tie for 65th.

Sophomore Emily Gimpel fired the Terps' lowest round of the afternoon. Gimpel carded a 1-over 73 and tallied birdies on No. 2, No. 3 and No. 13. She finished tied for 76th with a 14-over 230 (78-79-73).