April 30, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee announced on Monday evening the teams and individuals selected to participate in the 2012 Division I Women's Golf Regionals. The 33rd-ranked Purdue women's golf team is the No. 11 seed in the Central Regional to be played May 10 to 12 at the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The Boilermakers are coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind., on Sunday.
Third-ranked Southern California is the top seed in the Central Regional., with No. 6 seed Ohio State serving as the tournament host.
The remainder of the 24-team field includes fifth-ranked Auburn (SEC), No. 10 Georgia, No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 22 Oregon, No. 24 North Carolina State, No. 25 Florida State, No. 27 Virginia, No. 31 Arkansas, No. 35 Mississippi, No. 41 Kentucky, No. 45 Texas State, No. 48 UTSA (Southland), Butler (Horizon League), East Carolina, Harvard (Ivy League), Michigan, Notre Dame, Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic), South Florida (Big East) and UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association). Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parentheses next to the institution and rankings are from the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings.
Six golfers will compete as individuals in each regional and the individuals invited to the Central Regional are Madeleine Shiels of Nebraska, Alex Buelow from Stetson, Rika Park and Leticia Ras-Anderica from Miami (Fla.), Brittany Henderson of Coastal Carolina and Gabriella Wahl from East Tennessee State.
Laura Gonzalez-Escallon is the Boilermakers' highest-ranked individual at No. 20 according to Golfweek. The junior from Belgium won her second Big Ten Championships individual title and the fifth-straight for Purdue with a 216 on Sunday. Junior Paula Reto has won two tournaments this season and set the Purdue single-round and 54-hole tournament records when she fired a 64 for a 207 to win the Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate. Reto is ranked No. 28 by Golfweek.
The East Regional will be played at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa., hosted by Penn State and the West Regional will be held at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., hosted by Colorado.
All three regional tournaments will be conducted May 10 to 12 to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional to the championships finals to be held May 22 to 25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., hosted by Vanderbilt.
Purdue won the 2010 NCAA Championship and finished as runners up in 2011 when the NCAA Championships were held in Bryan, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M.
Six Big Ten Conference teams made the regional fields along with one individual golfer. For the full NCAA Regional field please visit ncaa.com.