SEC Earns Four Qualifying Spots From East Regional



May 8, 2010

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- South Carolina posted a final round score of two-over-par 290 finish in first place at the 2010 NCAA East Regional held at the 6,325-yard, par-72 Ironwood Gold and Country Club. The Gamecocks, which were seeded 10th at the regional, fired a three-day total of par-864 to claim their first regional championship.

Southeastern Conference teams claimed four of the top five spots in the field. Tennessee earned a second-place finish at two-over-par (283-287-296=866) followed by Auburn (280-285-293=868) in third-place and Vanderbilt (292-287-292=871) in fifth.

Top-seeded Duke tied Auburn for third-place to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 13th consecutive season. The Blue Devils entered the final round with a three-stroke lead, but carded a 12-over 300 Saturday to fall out of the top spot.

Conference USA champion Tulane finished sixth at nine-over (285, 295,293=873). West Coast Conference winner Pepperdine finished seventh at 13-over (281-290-306=877) followed by TCU at 16-over (287-296-297=880) to claim the eighth and final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships being held at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

Ninth-ranked Wake Forest missed the cut by seven strokes and failed to advance to the national championships for the first time in four seasons. South Carolina sophomore Katie Burnett finished atop the individual standings with a final tally of six-under 210 (67-72-71). Carlie Yadloczky of Auburn finished one stroke behind Burnett at five-under 211 (68-73-70).

Texas Tech senior Rosalyn Kim and East Tennessee State sophomore Nina Muehl earned births to the NCAA Championships as individuals. Kim posted a 54-hole score of four-under 212 (70-69-73) to finish third to reach the championship round for the first time. Muehl finished tied for fourth-place at three-under 213 (64-76-73).

The 2010 NCAA Championships are set to be held May 18-21.