May 1, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The East Carolina women's golf team is one of 21 teams headed to the East Regional the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee announced Monday afternoon.
The Lady Pirates (84-43-4), who earned the Conference USA's automatic berth after capturing the tournament title, was chosen as the 20th seed in the East Regional, which will be held at the Bryan Park Golf Course, Brown Summitt, N.C., May 11-13
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 23-26. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
The Lady Pirates, in just its sixth year of existence, will make their third appearance in the NCAA Championships. During the 2002-03 season, ECU garnered a No. 12 seed in the East Regional in Winston-Salem, N.C. finishing tied for 14th and last year the Pirates were a 15th seed 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.
"After hearing who will be at the regional site in Greensboro, I am very excited for our team," said Head Coach Kim Lewellen. "We have competed well against many of those teams and right now our confidence is high after winning the C-USA Championship, and I don't see any reason for us not to perform well at the highest level."
The championships finals will be held at the Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State University.
The regional sites and the selected teams and individuals are listed below.
The East regional will be played May 11-13 at the Bryan Park Golf Course, Bryan Park, North Carolina, hosted by Wake Forest University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Arizona State
2. Auburn (Southeastern Conference)
4. Wake Forest
8. South Carolina
10. Florida State
12. North Carolina State
13. Augusta State
16. North Carolina
17. Mississippi State
18. Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference)
19. College of Charleston (Southern Conference)
20. East Carolina (Conference USA)
21. Yale (Ivy Group)
1. Adrienne White, Louisville
2. Christina Jones, South Florida
3. Michelle Jarman, North Carolina-Wilmington
The Central regional will be played May 11-13 at The Traditions at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. Southern California
4. Texas A&M (Big 12 Conference)
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
18. Birmingham-Southern (Big South Conference)
19. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
20. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
21. St. Francis (Pennsylvania) (Northeast Conference)
1. Samantha Richdale, Illinois State
2. Amy Schmucker, Michigan
3. Amanda Costner, Kansas
The West regional will be played May 11-13 at the Washington National Golf Club, Las Auburn, Washington, hosted by the University of Washington. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. UCLA (Pacific-10 Conference)
3. Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
5. UNLV (Mountain West Conference)v
8. New Mexico
10. Long Beach State
11. Brigham Young
12. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
13. San Jose State (Western Athletic Conference)
14. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
15. Oregon State
16. Washington State
17. New Mexico State
18. Georgia State (Colonial Athletic Association)
19. Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent Conference)
20. Bradley (Missouri Valley Conference)
21. Montana (Big Sky Conference)
1. Jessica Potter, San Francisco
2. Renee Skidmore, Idaho
3. Chelsea Benton, Colorado State