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Pepperdine Receives No. 3 Seed at NCAA Central Regional

May 1, 2006

The Pepperdine women's golf team, ranked No. 7 in the latest Golfstat rankings, earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Central Regional, the NCAA announced on Monday. The Waves will travel to Bryan, Texas, where they will compete at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M May 11-13. In addition, University of San Francisco sophomore Jessica Potter was selected to compete as an individual in the West Regional at the Washington National Golf Club in Las Auburn, Washington.

The Central Regional also includes top-seed and No. 1-ranked Duke along with second seed and No. 5 USC.

Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 11-13 to determine the championships field. 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.

Led by head coach Laurie Gibbs and junior Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine enters regional play seeking its seventh NCAA Championships appearance in the last eight years.

The Waves finished fourth at last year's NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Florida, and advanced to their sixth NCAA Championships where they finished fourth at the Sunriver Resort Meadows Course in Sunriver, Oregon.

Pepperdine's best-ever showing at the regionals came in 2002 when it tied for first place at the NCAA West Regionals. In 2003, the Waves placed fourth at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona, and went on to the nationals where they finished second.

Pepperdine will play a practice round on Wednesday, May 10 beginning at 6:04 a.m. (PDT) before opening tournament play on Thursday May 11, beginning at 6:30 a.m. (PDT).

The championships finals will be held at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, where Ohio State is serving as host.

Potter led USF to a second place finish at the WCC Championships. The Coquitlam, B.C. native carded a three-round 227 to finish tied for third.

Central Regional
2. USC
3. Pepperdine
4. Texas A&M
5. Florida
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kent State
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
10. Southern Methodist
11. Texas Christian
12. Missouri
13. Baylor
14. Tulsa
15. Nebraska
16. Northwestern
17. Texas
18. Birmingham Southern
19. Jacksonville State
20. Jackson State
21. St. Francis, PA

1. Samantha Richdale, Illinois State
2. Amy Schmucker, Michigan
3. Amanda Costner, Kansas

West Regional
1. UCLA (Pacific-10 Conference)
2. Georgia
3. Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
4. Arkansas
5. UNLV (Mountain West Conference)
6. Arizona
7. Stanford
8. New Mexico
9. Washington
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