May 8-The Pepperdine Waves and the San Francisco Lady Dons begin their quest to qualify for the NCAA Championships as the two teams compete at the NCAA West Regional held on May 8-10 at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ. Pepperdine, the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, was selected as the top team in the field of 21 teams in the West Region tournament, while USF, ranked No. 41 in the nation, was selected as the No. 11 team, also in the West Regional.
The tournament format calls for 54 holes over three days at the 6,256-yard par-72 course beginning on Thursday, May 8 and continuing through Saturday, May 10. Eighteen holes are scheduled to be played each day. The top eight teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships to be held at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Indiana, May 20-23.
Winners of five consecutive tournaments, the Pepperdine women??s golf team will be in search of its sixth straight victory and fifth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance when it travels to Tempe, Arizona, to compete in the NCAA West Regional Championships at the Karsten Golf Course.
Leading the way for Pepperdine is a pair of senior All-Americans in Katherine Hull and Lindsey Wright. Hull is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the Golfstat.com rankings and No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings. Hull, who is the only player in the nation with an under-par scoring average (71.88), has a 70.57 rating and has captured individual medalist honors four times this season.
Wright is ranked No. 4 nationally after registering a 72.85 scoring average and has a rating of 71.53. She has captured individual medalist honors once this season and has eight Top 10 finishes.
The Lady Dons are making their third consecutive regional appearance under the direction of Head Coach Sara Range and are pursuing the first National's berth in program history.
San Francisco fields an experienced squad comprised of seniors Lisa Chen, Lyndsey Devenish and Susie Laing, junior Jordan Auten and sophomore Mariko Shimozaki. The five boast a total of eight NCAA Tournament appearances and Chen, Laing and Auten are competing in their third consecutive postseason event, while Devinish and Shimozaki are making their second showing. In addition, Devenish was the 2000 NCAA Division II runner-up while at Rollins College.
Last season, Pepperdine tied for first place in the West Regional and would go on to tie for ninth place in the NCAA Championship. San Francisco just missed advancing to the NCAA Championship, finishing ninth in the West Regional.
Three regional tournaments will be conducted on May 8-10 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 May 20-23. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
The championships finals will be held at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, West Lafayette, Indiana, hosted by the Purdue University.
WEST REGIONAL PARTICIPANTS
2 Southern California
3 Oklahoma State
5 Ohio State
6 Arizona State
8 New Mexico State
11 San Francisco
12 San Jose State
13 Oregon State
17 Washington State
18 Oral Roberts
19 Cal State Northridge
20 Portland State
1 Nicole Keller, Idaho
2 Stella Lee, UC Irvine
3 Erin Kerr, Colorado