Tulsa Women Golfers Open NCAA Regional Play on Thursday
May 5, 2010
Columbus, Indiana - The Tulsa women's golf team will be looking to return to the NCAA Championships when the Golden Hurricane tee-off at the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday. Tulsa is one of 24 regional qualifying teams vying for eight spots to advance to the NCAA Championships. The tournament runs from May 6-8.
All three regional tournaments begin on Thursday. Defending national champion Arizona State headlines the teams at the Central Regional that will be played at the Otter Creek Golf Course is a par-72, 6416-yard course.
The top-8 seeds in the Central Regional include the nation's second-ranked Sun evils of Arizona State, No. 6 Southern Cal, No. 8 Purdue, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 13 Georgia, No. 14 Denver, No. 23 New Mexico and No. 24 Florida State.
The Hurricane is coming off of a third-place performance at the Conference USA Championships and has placed among the top-five at five tournaments this season.
Tulsa is led by freshman Kristina Merkle. The C-USA Freshman of the Year has placed among the top-10 in seven of nine tournaments and among the top-5 six times. She has a team-leading 73.5 stroke average through 25 rounds.
The Hurricane returns to the regional event after missing an invitation last year. It's the 15th appearance for Tulsa in 18 regional tournaments since the regional format was adopted in 1993. Tulsa has won two regional tournaments including the 2001 and 202 Central Regional Championship.
Tulsa has won four national golf championships, including the 1980 and 1982 AIAW titles and the 1982 and 1988 NCAA crowns.
CENTRAL REGIONAL TEAMS 1. Arizona State 2. Southern California 3. Purdue (Big Ten Conference Champions) 4. Michigan State 5. Georgia 6. Denver (Sun Belt Conference Champions) 7. New Mexico (Mountain West Conference Champions) 8. Florida State 9. Oklahoma State 10. Louisville (Big East Conference Champions) 11. Oregon 12. Kent State (Mid-American Conference Champions) 13. Northwestern 14. Notre Dame 15. Mississippi 16. San Diego State 17. Baylor 18. Tulsa 19. North Carolina State 20. Indiana 21. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference Champions) 22. Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference Champions) 23. Detroit (Horizon League Champions) 24. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions)
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