April 30, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF women's golf earned the sixth NCAA Regional berth in program history when it was selected as the No. 12 seed in the Western Regional, beginning Thursday, May 9 at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, UT. The Dons will make their sixth postseason appearance in seven years at the 54-hole event, hosted by BYU.
USF enters the postseason with a No. 36 record according to the GolfStat rankings and come in at No. 40 nationally in the most current GolfWeek.com poll. In its final tune-up for the NCAA's, San Francisco posted a runner-up finish to No. 4 Pepperdine at the 2007 West Coast Conference Championships April 16-17 at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA.
USF enjoyed one of its finest seasons in school history in 2006-07, capturing two tournament titles and posted three of runner-up showings, including its eighth second place finish at the WCC Championships. The Dons turned in nine top-10 finishes in 10 events and finished in the top-five six times. USF compiled an overall record of 189-36 during tournament play. San Francisco closed out the Fall season with a win at the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawaii and captured a Spring victory at the Duck Invitational in Oregon.
Over the course of its last four tournaments, San Francisco set a 54-hole tournament scoring record with a +10 874 at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational and followed with a three stroke victory over Washington State at the Duck Invitational, headlined by a runner-up finish from Junior Jessica Potter and a third place showing from senior Kristin Nichols.
A 2006 All-WCC First Team selection, Potter, who led the Dons in top-10 finishes (6) and sub-par rounds (6) prepares for her third straight trip to the NCAA Regionals after qualifying as an individual last season, while Nichols, a three-time first team pick prepares for her final Regional competition. Senior Eloise Vicencio, who enjoyed a strong spring season for the Dons capped by an honorable mention selection at the league championships. Freshmen Natasha Podmore and Christina Stockton, a 2007 All-WCC First Team choice, look for strong showings in their first NCAA action.
Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 10-12 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. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional. The championships finals will be held May 22-25 at the LPGA International Legends Course, Daytona Beach, Florida, hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
The West regional will be played May 10-12 at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, St. George, Utah, hosted by the Brigham Young University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
NCAA West Regional Teams:1. Arizona State (Pacific-10 Conference)2. Pepperdine3. Florida4. Oklahoma State5. Brigham Young6. Stanford7. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)8. New Mexico9. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)10. San Jose State11. UNLV12. San Francisco13. Hawaii14. California15. Idaho (Western Athletic Conference)16. Washington State17. Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference)18. Nebraska19. Memphis (Conference USA)20. Sacramento State (Big Sky Conference)21. Columbia-Barnard (Ivy Group)Individuals:1. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State2. Jennifer Shipley, Fresno State3. Lehua Wise, New Mexico State