INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- East Carolina's women's golf team has been selected to participate in the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, as announced today by the NCAA Women's Golf Committee.
The Lady Pirates (85-57-3) were chosen as the 15th seed in the East Regional, which will be held at the University of Florida Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., on May 5-7.
The East Regional is one of three regional tournaments which will be held to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies will apply.
A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals May 17-20. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
The Pirates, in just its fifth year of existence, will make their second appearance in the NCAA Championships. During the 2002-03 season, ECU garnered a No. 12 seed in the East Regionals in Winston-Salem, N.C. finishing tied for 14th out of 21 regional teams.
On the season, the Pirates captured its fifth career team title at the Beacon Woods Invitational. Head Coach Kevin Williams led the team to five top-5 finishes and eight top-10's in 10 events. East Carolina is currently ranked No. 55 in the country, according to Golfstat.com.
"I'm real excited for this team," Williams said. "This is a great award and it shows people that East Carolina is building a great golf tradition. We seemed to struggle over our last three events, but now I think the pressure is off since we're in and the team can focus on just playing golf. With the top eight teams in the regionals making the championships, I think we will do well against the field of teams in the East Regional."
The championships finals will be held at Sunriver Resort on the Meadows Course, Sunriver, Oregon, hosted by Oregon State University and Sunriver Resort.
The regional sites and the selected teams and individuals are listed below.
The East regional will be played May 5-7 at the University of Florida Golf Course, Gainesville, Florida, hosted by the University of Florida. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
4. Ohio State (Big Ten Conference)
6. Tulane (Conference USA)
7. Furman (Southern Conference)
9. North Carolina-Wilmington
10. Mississippi State
11. North Carolina State
12. South Carolina
14. Miami (Florida)
15. East Carolina
16. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
17. Princeton (Ivy Group)
18. James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association)
19. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
20. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
1. Adrienne White, Louisville
2. Meghan Little, Louisville
3. Brooke Mangan, Alabama-Birmingham
The Central regional will be played May 5-7 at Jerry S. Rawls Course, Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Texas Tech University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Auburn (Southeastern Conference)
2. Arizona State
3. New Mexico
5. Wake Forest
10. Tulsa (Western Athletic Conference)
12. Southern Methodist
14. Michigan State
15. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
17. Texas A& M
18. South Florida
19. Texas Tech
20. Notre Dame
21. Long Island (Northeast Conference)
1. Louise Kenney, Iowa State
2. Emily Milberger, Oklahoma
3. Merynn Ito, Nebraska
The West regional will be played May 5-7 at New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces, New Mexico, hosted by New Mexico State University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. UCLA (Pacific-10 Conference)
3. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
5. Southern California
8. Washington State
10. UNLV (Mountain West Conference)
12. San Francisco
13. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
14. Brigham Young
15. Colorado State
16. Portland State (Big Sky Conference)
18. Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent Conference)
19. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference)
20. Georgia State (Atlantic Sun Conference)
21. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
1. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State
2. Laura Luethke, Fresno State
3. Renee Skidmore, Idaho