Women's Golf NCAA Regional ACCtion: May 6-8

May 10, 2010

East Regional:

Duke Advances to 13th Straight NCAA Championship 

GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the 13th straight year, the Duke women's golf team will participate in the NCAA Championship as the top-seeded and fifth-ranked Blue Devils placed tied for third at the NCAA East Regional on Saturday at the 6,325-yard, Par 72 Ironwood Golf Club in Greenville, N.C.

The Blue Devils led by two strokes heading into the final round but strong wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour brought much tougher conditions to close out the regional on Saturday. After staying away from the bigger numbers for most of the tournament, Duke turned in six double-bogeys or worse under the windy conditions in the final round, while registering 12 birdies. The Blue Devils also suffered four bogeys over the final two holes to close out the day.

As a team, the Blue Devils posted a 12-over-par, 300, on Saturday, which was 22 shots higher than the day before. Over the three days, Duke totaled rounds of 290, 278 and 300. The Blue Devils were the only team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to advance past the East Regional action as Wake Forest was tied for ninth (887) and North Carolina was 13th (899).

Both Kim Donovan and Lindy Duncan closed the regional tied for 13th to lead Duke. Donovan, who is from Hopkinton, Mass., turned in her fifth straight top 20 finish with rounds of 71, 68 and 78 for a total of 217. A day after turning in five birdies and shooting a 68, Donovan struggled early with bogeys on No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 9 to make the turn at four-over-par, 40. The junior registered her only birdie of the day on the 535-yard, par five 13th as she drained a 15-foot putt. Donovan closed out the round with a double-bogey on the 16th as she hit her drive into the water and hit her approach into the sand on the 158-yard, par three 17th and had a bogey.

Solid Final Round Not Enough As Women's Golf Finishes Tied For 9th At NCAA East Regional

The No. 9 Wake Forest women's golf team carded a solid final round of 296 in windy conditions on Saturday at the NCAA East Regional, but in the end, it wasn't enough as the Demon Deacons finished tied for ninth at 23-over par.

The Demon Deacons were in the first group of the afternoon wave on Saturday and knew exactly where the Horned Frogs had finished. Wake entered the round at 15-over par and needed a round of at worst, 1-over par to tie for eighth. Despite a good round in very windy conditions, the Deacs came-up 7-shots off the pace.

Sophomore Cheyenne Woods finished with a strong round of 2-under 70 on Saturday which was tied for the second best round of the day. She made her lone bogey of the day at the par-5 fourth but bounced back with a birdie at the fifth and another at the eighth to make the turn at 1-under par. After eight-straight pars on the back nine, the Phoenix, Ariz., native closed with a birdie at No. 18 to post her fifth under-par round in the last three events and tie for 26th at 3-over par.

Freshman Michelle Shin wrapped-up her sensational freshman season with a round of 3-over 75 on Saturday. That put her in a tie with Woods for the week after rounds of 74-70-75. Shin's tournament was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 191-yard par-3 eighth on Friday. The hole-in-one was her second of the season and her first in competition.

Carolina Golfers 13th At NCAA East Regional

The North Carolina women's golf team finishes in 13th place after carding a 313 in the final round of the NCAA East Regional being played at Ironwood Country Club. The Tar Heels finished with an 899 total and failed to advance on to the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Catherine O'Donnell led the Tar Heels in the final round firing a one-over-par 73. The Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. native finished with a four-over 220 total to tie for 30th place. Freshman Courtney Gunter finished two strokes back at six-over 222 to tie for 39th. Gunter, from Matthews, N.C., shot 77 on Saturday. Senior Kate Thomas closed out her college career with a disappointing 84. The Murwillumbah, Australia native posted a 229 total to tie for 78th. Junior Sarah Thead, from Poway, Calif., carded an 81 to finish with a 232 total in a tie for 89th place while junior Jordan Allyne, from Bellevue, Wash., tied for 95th with a 234 total after posting an 82 on Saturday.

Katie Burnett of South Carolina captured the individual title by firing a one-under 71 in the final round to finish at six-under 210, one stroke ahead of Carlie Yadloczky of Auburn who finished at five-under 211. Rosalyn Kim of Texas Tech finished in third place with a 212 total while two players tied for fourth place with 213 totals - East Tennessee State's Nina Muehl and Tennessee's Erica Popson. Danielle Kang of Pepperdine finished alone in sixth place at 214 while two players tied for seventh at 215 - East Carolina's Abby Bools and Tennessee's Diana Cantu.


Central Regional:

Seminoles finish in a tie for 6th place at NCAA Central Regional Championship to Adavance to NCAA Finals

COLUMBUS, Ind. - The Florida State women's golf team finished in a tie for sixth place in the final standings at the NCAA Central Regional championship and qualified to play in the NCAA Championship finals May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Seminoles began the third round in 12th place and three strokes outside of the cut line of the top eight teams that would advance to the finals. When the round was complete, they had surpassed six teams and earned themselves a spot in the championship finals for the first time since 2006 and for the ninth time in school history.

As a team the Seminoles carded 12 birdies in the final round - nearly as many as they had carded in the first two rounds combined (13) and counted two scores in the 70's for only the second time in the three round tournament.

Junior Macarena Silva led the Seminoles in the third round with a two over par score of 74 - her best round of the tournament by seven strokes. Florida State also counted the scores of sophomore Maria Salinas (76 - also her best score of the tournament) and two of the scores of 80 by Lacey Agnew, freshman Jessica Negron and sophomore Hannah Thomson.

Baker leads NC State in final round of NCAA Central Regional

NC State women's golf concluded their spring season with a 21st place finish at the NCAA Central Regional Saturday at Otter Creek Golf Course.

The Wolfpack as a team shot +44 (332) for the final round. The 'Pack finished the tournament at +120 (328-324-322=984).

Junior Brooke Baker carded a seven-over par 79 on the final day of the regional to aiding her to a tie for 45th place at +22 (80-79-79=238). Baker had one birdie and 10 pars on the round.

West Regional:


Virginia Golfers Advance to NCAA Championships

Stanford, CA - For the third consecutive season the 13th-ranked Virginia women's golf team has qualified for the NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers finished fifth at the NCAA West Regional Championship at the Stanford Golf Course. Virginia junior Calle Nielson tied for medalist honors becoming the first player in the program's history to win a regional title.

Virginia shot 14-over 298 during Saturday's final round to finish the 54-hole tournament at 42-over 894. Arizona, ranked No. 7, took the team title at 24-over 876. Top-ranked UCLA was second at 885. Texas, ranked No. 32, finished strong to tie for third at 890 along with No. 6 Alabama. Stanford was sixth, one shot behind the Cavaliers. San Jose State was seventh (900) and Texas A&M grabbed the final qualifying spot to nationals by placing eighth (903).

Nielson used a final round of even-par 71 to move to the top of the leaderboard. She finished at 1-over 214 after carding a 72 Thursday and shooting 71 Friday. San Jose State's Madeleine Ziegert, who opened with a 67 before posting rounds of 74 and 73, shared medalist honors with Nielson.

Terps Finish 18th at NCAA Regional

After three days of competition on the west coast, the Maryland women's golf team concluded play in the NCAA West Regional tournament with an 18th place finish. Senior Carly Hunt led the team with a 16-over-par 229.

The Terps matched their second day's score of 306 in the final round of competition. Hunt again led her team, recording a 75. Shimel also earned a 75, her low round for the tournament. Brown carded a 77, two strokes better than yesterday while junior Kerri Connolly took six strokes off her game with a 79 on day three.