April 29, 2008
The Pepperdine women's golf team will be the #6 seed at the NCAA Central Regional, which will be held May 8-10 at the University of Texas Golf Course in Austin, Texas, it was announced today.
The Waves, who recently won their seventh straight West Coast Conference title by one of the largest margins in tournament history, are making their 10th straight NCAA Regional appearance.
The Waves must finish in the top eight to advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 20-23 at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. The Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championships in eight of the last nine years.
"We are excited to play at the University of Texas Golf Course and be part of the Central Regional," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "Our players have completed finals and they are looking forward to a great week of practice in preparation for the Regional."
The 21 teams competing at the NCAA Central Regional, in order of their seedings, are:
1. UCLA, 2. Purdue, 3. Alabama, 4. Denver, 5. Kent State, 6. Pepperdine, 7. LSU, 8. Texas A&M, 9. Notre Dame, 10. Texas, 11. TCU, 12. Florida State, 13. North Carolina State, 14. East Tennessee State, 15. Texas Tech, 16. Washington, 17. Nebraska, 18. Harvard, 19. Texas State, 20. Illinois State, 21. Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Waves are ranked #16 by Golfweek/Sagarin, #17 by GolfWorld/NGCA and #18 by Golfstat.
Pepperdine's best-ever showing at an NCAA Regional event was a tie for first place in 2002 with UCLA at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
USF sophomore Danielle Cvitanov qualified for an individual berth in the 2008 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional beginning Thursday, May 8 at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club, hosted by Sacramento State. Cvitanov becomes the fourth golfer in program history to qualify as an individual and the first since teammate Jessica Potter accomplished the feat as a sophomore in 2006.
A 2008 All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, Cvitanov enjoyed an strong first season for the Dons. The 2006 Division I Independent golfer of the Year (while at UC Davis) Cvitanov led the Dons in stroke average (74.73) and achieved an individual ranking of No. 125 according to the current GolfWeek.com poll. Cvitanov posted five wins in head-to-head meetings against individuals ranked in the top-25 and captured 10 victories versus top-50 foes.
"I am proud of what Danielle has accomplished," USF head coach Ria Quiazon said. "She works extremely hard and is very deserving of this honor. It is a great opportunity for her to return to her hometown and play in front of friends and family on a course she is very familiar."
Cvitanov was the Dons top finisher at the 2008 NCAA West Region Preview at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club, finishing 15th at 223 (76, 76, 71). In NCAA competition, each regional field includes three individuals and the top finisher advances to the NCAA National Championship, held May 20-23 at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by the University of New Mexico.
With the selection of Cvitanov, San Francisco has been represented in every NCAA postseason since 2001. The Dons failed to qualify as a team for just the second time since 2002. USF posted its seventh consecutive runner-up showing to No. 16 Pepperdine in the recently completed 2008 WCC Championships.
Emilie Arnaud, the 2001 West Coast Conference Championship Medalist, qualified for NCAA Regional play in 2001. Current LPGA Tour professional and USF Hall-of-Famer Juli (Christopher) Hilton earned San Francisco's first ever NCAA Regional Individual berth in 1993.