Tulsa Women Golfers Eye Fifth National Title
May 20, 2002
Auburn, Washington - The Tulsa women golfers will tee-off Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, which runs from Tues.-Fri., May 21-24, at the par-72 Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Washington.
Tulsa, winners of the Central Regional, is paired with the East region winner Duke and West Region champion UCLA for the first two days of the 72-hole, four-day event. The three teams will tee-off at 12:20 p.m. (Pacific time) on Tuesday.
Tulsa is looking for its fifth national championship, and third NCAA title. The Hurricane is making its 17th appearance at the NCAA Championships. Tulsa has missed just four of the possible 21 NCAA Championship events. Tulsa won the AIAW National Championship in 1980 and 1982, and captured the first NCAA Championship in 1982, winning two national crowns that year, and 1988. On that 1988 team, current Tulsa Head Coach Melissa McNamara won the individual title.
Tulsa, currently ranked third nationally, is one of the favorites this week, along with the nation's top two teams, Auburn and Duke. Fourth-ranked Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma State and Arizona are also considered favorites for the NCAA title.
The Hurricane enters the NCAA Championship winners of three straight tournaments. Overall, Tulsa has won five tournament titles this season -- Big 12 Invitational, TRW Regional Challenge, Ping/ASU Invitational, Western Athletic Conference Championship and the NCAA Central Regional. The five tournament wins is the most since the Hurricane captured eight victories in the 1984-85 campaign.
Senior three-time All-American Stacy Prammanasudh leads the Hurricane women. The three-time WAC Player of the Year has won four tournament titles this year, and has been medalist in 10 career tournaments. She has placed among the top-20 in 40 of 43 career tournaments. She is coming off two straight victories, winning both the WAC Championship and the NCAA Central Regional title. Prammanasudh looks to rid herself of the memories of her worst collegiate performance of 44th place at last year's NCAA event.
Tulsa finished in 10th place a year ago at the national event.
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