April 26, 2004|
SIUE Women’s Golf Earns Spot in NCAA East Regional Field
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been selected among the teams that will compete in the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships.
The 2004 NCAA Division II Women's East Regional will be a 54-hole event on May 4-5 at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich. Three others regional tournament also will feed into the national tournament to be held at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, Fla. on May 12-15.
SIUE, the 2003 Great Lakes Valley Conference champion, is led by freshman Kallie Harrison (Decatur), who leads the Cougars with a 79.5 scoring average. She is followed by senior Katie Farrell (Princeton) with an 82.4 scoring average, senior Kacy Gruenkemeyer (Salem) with an 84.4 scoring average, sophomore Brittany Hood (Coulterville) with an 84.6 scoring average, and senior Brittany Auld (Nashville) with an 86.9 scoring average.
“This is a credit to the team’s hard work all season,” said Bennett.
The championships finals in Florida will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score. The top two teams in each region along with the top two individuals not with a team, from each regional, will advance to the championships. The 2004 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships will be hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission in conjunction with the Division II National Championships Festival.
The following teams and individuals were selected to participate in the East Regional.
East Region Teams:
1. Grand Valley State
2. Northern Kentucky
3. Southern Indiana
4. Southern Illinois Edwardsville
6. Ferris State
East Region Individuals:
1. Jessica Harbin, Bellarmine
2. Jamie Long, Northwood
3. Jamie Pettinga, Northwood
In order to be considered for selection to the national championships, teams and individuals must have played a minimum of 15 18-hole rounds including a minimum of four rounds in the spring. The individuals and teams were selected to the championships based upon a complete review of all the following criteria (within region): head-to-head competition within regions, results versus common opponents, scoring average (adjusted scoring average and team and individual score versus par), strength of schedule (number of teams in tournament, rounds of competition and overall strength of tournament fields); and spring results compared to fall results.
The top six in each region that met the criteria along with the top three individuals not with a team were selected for regional competition.