WG Preview: NCAA Central Regional
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's golf program will make its second straight NCAA Regional appearance this week when it takes part in the 2012 NCAA Central Regional on the Scarlet Course of The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Making its eighth trip to the post-season in program history, the Seahawks are one of 24 teams and six individuals that will compete in the 54-hole, five-count-four event, scheduled for May 10-12 on the par 72, 6,264-yard layout.
The top eight teams, along with the top two individuals that are not members of an advancing team, will earn a spot in the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, scheduled for May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Play on each day will begin at 8 a.m., with the Seahawks teeing off at 1:25 p.m. on Thursday and 8:55 a.m. on Friday as they will be paired with in-state rival East Carolina and Big 10 member Michigan for the first two rounds. Pairings and tee times for Sunday's final round will be determined by score.
Live stats will be available for all three rounds and can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link at the top of the page.
UNCW is part of a talented tournament field that includes seven conference champions and seven programs ranked in the Golfstat Top 25. No. 2 Southern California serves as the top seed in the regional while SEC squads Auburn (No.4), Georgia (No. 9) and Vanderbilt (No. 10) give the Central Regional four of the nation's top 10 programs.
UNCW makes its second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and seventh in 10 seasons under veteran coach Cindy Ho after capturing the program's second straight CAA Women's Golf Championship and fourth in six seasons with a four-stroke victory at the St. James Plantation last month.
The Seahawks will go with the same lineup that they have used for a majority of this season as seniors Sofia Hagsund and Alei Mitchell will be joined by sophomores Lori Beth Adams, Laverry Kumar and Jeanne Metivier.
Hagsund, who was named First-Team All-CAA on Wednesday, paces the Seahawks with a team-low 75.53 stroke average in 30 rounds this season. The Landskrona, Sweden, native earned All-Tournament Team honors at the CAA Championship after posting a career-best finish of second with a five-over-par (72-75-74=221) scorecard.
Kumar is just behind Hagsund with a 76.20 stroke average and will look to repeat her effort in the final round of the 2011 regional, when she carded a career-low 67 to finish the event in 11th place and miss making the national championship as an individual entry by one spot.