April 26, 2005|
SIUE Women’s Golf Earns Spot in NCAA East Regional Field
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been selected for its third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships.
The 2005 NCAA Division II Women's East Regional will be a 54-hole event on May 2-3 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich. Three others regional tournaments also will feed into the national tournament to be held on May 11-14 at The Championships Course at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. and will be hosted by Western New Mexico University.
SIUE is led by sophomore Kallie Harrison (Decatur), who leads the Cougars with a 78.3 scoring average. Junior Brittany Hood (Coulterville) holds an 83.6 scoring average and has been consistent all year for the Cougars. Natalie Connaway (McLeansboro), a freshman, holds an 86.6 scoring average. Kelly Morris (Normal), also a freshman, has a 91.5 scoring average. Ashley Hamm (Hillsboro), a freshman, joined the team this spring and has a 100.4 scoring average.
"After starting out the spring with only four kids and losing two of your top five players, to hold our position, is an accomplishment," said Coach Mark Marcuzzo. "I think that shows a lot about the team."
The top two teams in each of the four regions along with the top two individuals not with a team, from each regional, will advance to the national championships in New Mexico.
The following teams and individuals were selected to participate in the East Regional.
East Region Teams:
1. Ferris State
2. Grand Valley State
3. Northern Kentucky
4. Southern Indiana
5. Southern Illinois Edwardsville
East Region Individuals:
1. Andrea Davis, Indianapolis
2. Katie Weisenburger, Findlay
3. Jenna Brown, Indianapolis
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, stroke differential, strength of schedule (number of teams in tournament, rounds of competition and overall strength of tournament fields); spring results compared to fall results; and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
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.