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USF Sophomore Jessica Potter Earns NCAA Regional Bid

May 1, 2006

(San Francisco) - USF sophomore Jessica Potter qualified for an individual berth in the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional beginning Thursday, May 11 at the Washington National, hosted by the University of Washington. Potter becomes the third golfer in program history to qualify as an individual and the first since 2001 West Coast Conference Championship Medalist Emilie Arnaud accomplished the feat in 2000.

Potter enjoyed an outstanding spring season for the Dons, capturing her first career medalist honors at the 2006 Duck Women's Golf Invitational. The WCC Player of the Month for March also posted a runner-up showing at the 2006 Peg Barnard Invitational and placed third in a pair of events - the 2006 WCC Championships and the 2006 San Jose State Spartan Invitational. Potter earned another runner-up showing in the fall season at the 2005 New Mexico State Tournament.

Potter ranks No. 59 nationally in the current Golfweek.com rankings with a 73.80 stroke average and owns a 9-12-2 record against individuals ranked in the top-50 of women's Division I golf.

San Francisco failed to qualify as a team for the first time since 2000, snapping a school women's athletics record of five straight NCAA Regional appearances. The Dons posted its fifth consecutive runner-up showing to No. 7 Pepperdine in the recently completed 2006 WCC Championships.

Current LPGA Tour professional Juli (Christopher) Hilton earned USF's first ever NCAA Regional Individual berth in 1993.