Head Coach Kevin Williams has guided the women's golf team to six-straight NCAA Regional appearances.
April 29, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's golf team is one of 24 teams headed to the East Regional the NCAA Division I Golf Committee announced Monday evening.
The Lady Pirates, who earned their sixth straight at-large bid, were chosen as the No. 17 seed in the East Regional, which will be played at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., May 9-11.
"We are extremely proud and excited about receiving our sixth consecutive national at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship," ECU Head Women's Coach Kevin Williams said. "We have had a good year and overcame some adversity throughout the season to position ourselves for this opportunity. Our team is extremely talented, but also very young as two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior makeup our starting five for the regional. We are hopeful that the experiences gained throughout the season will put us the right frame of mind to let our talent rise to the occasion next week in regional play.
"I was hoping we would end up in the East Regional. We have played on bermuda grass greens and fairways at every event this spring and we are learning the nuances that come with playing on that type of grass."
The East Regional is one of three regional tournaments, which will be held to determine the championship field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary round of NCAA championships competition, and all national championship policies will apply.
A total of 378 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course In Athens, Ga. and will be hosted by Georgia. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.
The Lady Pirates (117-55-1), in its 13th year of existence, will make their ninth team appearance in the NCAA Regionals dating back to the 2002-03 season, where they garnered a No. 12 seed in the East Regional in Winston-Salem, N.C. finishing tied for 14th. The Pirates were a 15 seed during the 2004-05 campaign in Gainesville, Fla. finishing in 17th.
Former Pirate Adrienne Millican participated in the NCAA Championships as an individual in 2004 placing in a tie for 34th out of 126 golfers, while Lene Krog represented the Pirates at the championships as an individual in 2007 before withdrawing due to an injury after 36 holes.
After claiming its first Conference USA Championship in the spring of 2006, the Pirates earned an automatic bid to the East Regional heading to Greensboro, N.C. as the No. 20 seed and finished tied for 19th. The following year the Pirates returned as a team with a No. 13 ranking in the East Regional where they finished 12th of 24 teams in Athens, Ga.
In 2009, ECU narrowly missed making its first ever NCAA Championship appearance, falling two strokes out of eighth place in Gainesville, Fla. posting a three-day score of 892 (283-313-296) where the Pirates led after the first day of competition.
Three years ago in 2010, the Pirates garnered a 20th seed in the East Regional, which was played in their own back yard at the Ironwood Country Club. ECU finished 12th out of 24 teams shooting a tournament score of 895 (293-305-297).
The Pirates garnered a No. 19 seed in the Central Regional in 2011 where they finished 20th with a tournament score of 945. Last year ECU was tabbed as the No. 19 seed in the Central Regional (Columbus, Ohio) finishing 21st out of 224 teams with a three-day total of 967.
The selection to the 2012-13 East Regional marks the first time ECU has received six consecutive at-large bids and it's the 11th-straight season where the Pirates will be represented in the NCAA Regional competition.
East Carolina NCAA Team Results
2002-03: NCAA East Regional - t14th out of 24 teams (908)
2004-05: NCAA East Regional - 17th out of 24 teams (929)
2005-06: NCAA East Regional - t19th out of 24 teams (916)
2007-08: NCAA East Regional - 12th out of 24 teams (919)
2008-09: NCAA East Regional - 9th out of 24 teams (892)
2009-10: NCAA East Regional - 12th out of 24 teams (895)
2010-11: NCAA Central Regional - 20th out of 24 teams (945)
2011-12: NCAA Central Regional - 21st out of 24 teams (967)
East Carolina NCAA Individual Results
Adrienne Millican (2003-04): NCAA East Regional - t9th out of 108 (222)
Lene Krog (2006-07): NCAA East Regional - t9th out of 108 (212)
Adrienne Millican (2003-04): NCAA Championships - t34th out of 126 (295)
Lene Krog (2006-07): NCAA Championships - Withdrew due to injury
The East regional will be played at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala. and will be hosted by Auburn. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Alabama (Southeastern Conference)
4. North Carolina
6. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
7. Tulane (Conference USA)
9. Notre Dame (Big East Conference)
10. Northwestern (Big Ten Conference)
13. Texas State
16. Penn State
17. East Carolina
18. Florida International (Sun Belt Conference)
20. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun Conference)
21. Tennessee-Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
22. James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association)
23. Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference)
23. Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
1. Natalie Wille, Augusta State
2. Kelly Shon, Princeton
3. Casey Kennedy, Augusta State
4. Isabel Southard, Boston College
5. Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa
6. Kristina Merkle, Tulsa