Lady Pirates Start NCAA Regional Play
May 8, 2008
ATHENS, GA. - The No. 37 East Carolina women's golf team will tee off at 12:30 (ET) Thursday afternoon for round one of the 2008 NCAA East Regional, which is being held at the University of Georgia Golf Course and continues through Saturday.
The Lady Pirates (115-26-1) earned an at-large bi and was chosen as the No. 13 seed in the regional. In just its eighth year of existence, ECU will make their fourth appearance in the NCAA Championships. During the 2002-03 season, the Pirates 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 season 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 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 top eight teams and the top three individuals who are not members of a top-eight team will advance from this week's Regionals to the NCAA Championships on May 20-23 in Albuquerque, N.M. While the East Regional is contested in Athens, the Central and West Regionals will be played in Austin, Texas and Lincoln, Calif. respectively.
The individual entrants and top-12 seeded teams will tee off in the morning wave starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, with the No. 13-21 seeds hitting the course beginning at 12:30. Top-seeded Duke, No. 2 seed Florida and No. 3 seed Georgia will tee off beginning at 9:00 a.m. from hole No. 1. The field will swap tee times on Friday, with the top seeds hitting the course in the afternoon, including the Bulldogs, Blue Devils and Gators at No. 10 at 1:20 p.m. The teams will be re-paired for Saturday's final round based on the 36-hole standings.
Pirate fans can follow all the action online at Golfstat.com starting at 8 a.m.