Women's Golf Heads to NCAA Regional
May 7, 2013
NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL May 9-11, 2013 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club - Norman, Okla.
Tournament Field: 1. Duke (3), 2. Oklahoma (4), 3. Florida (12), 4. Washington (10), 5. Arizona State (13), 6. UC Davis (25), 7. Texas Tech (24), 8. North Carolina State (20), 9. Michigan State (26), 10. Iowa State (22), 11. SMU (36), 12. Campbell (35), 13. Coastal Carolina (42), 14. Wake Forest (37), 15. TCU (45), 16. Gonzaga (46), 17. Indiana (57), 18. UTSA (51), 19. Mississippi State (55), 20. Wisconsin (58), 21. Lamar (87), 22. Illinois State (135), 23. Detroit (170), 24. Butler (179)
Course Information: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club Par 72 6,298 Yards
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana will make its 20th postseason appearance and fourth under ninth-year head coach Clint Wallman as it was selected to the 2013 NCAA Central Regional. The Hoosiers join 23 other teams at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman, Okla. Indiana's last regional appearance came in 2010 when the Hoosiers placed 18th at the NCAA Central Regional, hosted by IU at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. The Hoosiers will tee off from hole No. 10 starting at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. CT from hole No. 1 on Friday. Saturday's tee times will be determined by the team's placement after two rounds of play. The Hoosiers will play with Gonzaga and UTSA on Thursday and Friday. The last time Indiana advanced to the NCAA Championships was in 2007 when they finished fourth at the NCAA Central Regional. Indiana has three players with regional experience in graduate student Kristen Schelling and seniors Kate Coons and Pamela Burneski. Schelling played in the NCAA West Regional in 2009 and 2010 while at UNLV.
THE LINEUP Sophomore Elizabeth Tong Senior Rosie Davies Senior Kate Coons Freshman Marissa DeCola Graduate Student Kristen Schelling
ABOUT THE NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL Indiana will travel to the NCAA Central Regional, May 9-11 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club will play as a par-72, 6,298-yard course. The 24 teams and three individuals will play three 18-hole rounds for a total of 54 holes. The top eight teams and two individuals not among the advancing teams will go on to compete at the NCAA Championships, May 21-24 in Athens, Ga. Joining Indiana in the Central Regional are 1. Duke (3), 2. Oklahoma (4), 3. Florida (12), 4. Washington (10), 5. Arizona State (13), 6. UC Davis (25), 7. Texas Tech (24), 8. North Carolina State (20), 9. Michigan State (26), 10. Iowa State (22), 11. SMU (36), 12. Campbell (35), 13. Coastal Carolina (42), 14. Wake Forest (37), 15. TCU (45), 16. Gonzaga (46), 17. Indiana (57), 18. UTSA (51), 19. Mississippi State (55), 20. Wisconsin (58), 21. Lamar (87), 22. Illinois State (135), 23. Detroit (170), 24. Butler (179) Rankings in parentheses are according to Golfweek/Sagarin. The six individuals also named to the Central Regional field are 1. Fanny Cnops, UNC-Greensboro; 2. Lori Beth Adams, UNC-Wilmington; 3. Emma Henrikson, San Diego State; 4. Julia Roth, Central Arkansas; 5. Paige Spiranic, San Diego State; 6. Christine Wong, San Diego State.
AGAINST THE FIELD Indiana's record against the NCAA Central Regional field: Ohio State 1-1 UC Davis 0-1 Iowa State 0-2 SMU 0-2 Illinois State 3-0 Wisconsin 5-1 TCU 1-1 NC State 0-1 Washington 0-1 Texas Tech 0-3 Coastal Carolina 0-1 Campbell 0-1 Mississippi State 1-0 Michigan State 0-2
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP The Hoosiers finished one spot higher than their seed, placing fifth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships on the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort. Indiana carded rounds of 310-303-303 for a score of 916, recovering from last year's 12th-place showing on the same course. Kate Coons led the way with her best-ever Big Ten finish, placing tied for 20th with a score of 228. After an 80 on the first day she bounced back with a 3-over 75 on day two and a 1-over 73 in the final round. Marissa DeCola did not have trouble at her first Big Ten event, placing tied for 26th. DeCola went 80-74-76 over the three rounds for a 54-hole score of 230. Elizabeth Tong tied for 32nd and was the only Hoosier to not shoot in the 80s in any of the three rounds, going 78-77-77 for a 232. Rosie Davies led the Hoosiers for the first two rounds and finished tied for 38th with a score of 234. She started with rounds of 76 and 77, before finishing with an 81 in Sunday's final 18. Kristen Schelling carded a 236 to finish tied for 41st at her first Big Ten Championships. She went 76 and 77 in rounds one and three but was undone with an 11-over 83 in the second rounds of action. Pamela Burneski concluded her IU career finishing 70th with a 258. Burneski missed much of the season due to injury and could not quite get her form back with scores of 87-85-86. Northwestern and Purdue shared the tournament titles with scores of 884. Michigan State finished third (889) and Penn State fourth (900). It marked Indiana's fourth top-5 finish in head coach Clint Wallman's nine seasons as head coach.
DID YOU KNOW? Sophomore Elizabeth Tong has been the top IU finisher in four events this year and was first in three of those four finishes. She is the first player in Clint Wallman's nine seasons as head coach to win three tournaments in a single season. Tong leads the Hoosiers in stroke average at 75.45, followed by Schelling (75.88), Davies (76.34), Coons (76.59) and DeCola (76.89). Indiana won three tournaments this year (IU Fall Kickoff, Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Indiana Invitational), the first time during Wallman's tenure the Hoosiers have won three tournaments in a single season. The Hoosiers have five tournament victories over the last two seasons. Indiana is one of seven Big Ten teams in the postseason, joining Purdue (West Regional), Northwestern (East Regional), Michigan State (Central Regional), Penn State (East Regional), Wisconsin (Central Regional) and Ohio State (West Regional). Six different Hoosiers posted at least one top-five finish this year and eight different Hoosiers posted at least one top-10 finish in 2012-13. Assistant coach Lauren Harling was a member of the last IU team to advance to the NCAA Championships in 2007. She also competed at the 2008 NCAA East Regional in Athens, Ga. for the Hoosiers.
HEAD COACH Clint Wallman SCOUTS THE HOOSIERS On the play of sophomore Elizabeth Tong... "ET had a great year. She won three times and she is really coming into her own in college golf. I am expecting a great event from her."
On the play of senior Rosie Davies... "Rosie is one of those electric players. I think she had five or six top-20 finishes this year. She is very solid and just on the cusp of breaking out. We are really excited about Rosie and her play this spring."
On the play of senior Kate Coons... "Kate, our senior captain, played exceptionally well down the stretch. She threw in some great rounds. Probably what I would call the highlight would be her 69 at Briar's Creek in March. Probably one of the best rounds in college golf that we have had here in the last five to six years. It was amazing."
On the play of freshman Marissa DeCola... "Marissa really stepped up big at the Big Tens and posted two great numbers. Marissa is one of those dogged competitors who never gives up. She is learning what it takes to play at the highest level. I think you are going to see not only a great Central Regional but great play from her throughout the rest of her career."
On the play of graduate student Kristen Schelling... "Kristen has been rock-solid for us, especially when we need her. Her last round at Big Tens she threw in a critical 76 for us to move up the leaderboard. Kristen is one of those experienced competitors having played in the USGA Championships, 13 of them. I am looking for her to make some noise."
On the importance of qualifying for the Regional... "Anytime that you qualify for a postseason event, it is a big milestone for your program. As college golf evolves, getting to a regional and getting to the NCAA Championships is becoming increasingly difficult. The Big Ten qualified seven teams for this year's postseason tournament out of a total of 72 teams selected. It is a big deal for us. We are really excited and the girls have worked very hard. There are obvious benefits, not just from the competition standpoint, but putting the program on the radar of recruits. I think it is a big deal for us and establishes what we hope to be the norm for future years coming up. It is good to have younger players like Marissa and Elizabeth going through that process and knowing exactly what it takes. Kudos to girls for their hard work and we are looking forward to a great event."
On the Central Regional field... "When you get to postseason it is a great accomplishment and each region is very talented. The Central Region, I think, is probably the strongest of the three regions. We've pulled teams from all over the U.S. It is a very stacked field. For us to advance we are going to have to play well. We are certainly capable of putting up low numbers. I am excited to see how we stack up compared to some of these other teams we really haven't seen too much. With that being said, you have Duke headlining the field. Host Oklahoma had a great year. Washington was No. 1 at the end of the fall season. Arizona State is traditionally tough and UC Davis is always in the top 25. You go down the line and there are certainly favorites that can move on to the next state, but I also think this is a very deep region and anyone from Wisconsin at No. 20 all the way up to Duke can be in that final eight and advance."
On the team's excitement earning a Regional bid...
"When you are sitting there and watching the selection show we had a sense that we were probably in, but this group, with the exception of Kate and Pamela (Burneski) had not experienced that regional call or webcast. It was fun to watch them list off the names, and we went through the East Regional and we weren't mentioned. And then we got to the central region and we were going down the list and our named popped up. There was huge jubilation. Everyone is really excited because it is a step in our journey we started in September in terms of trying to get ourselves into Georgia. That is our ultimate goal, getting to Georgia and competing for the national championship. And all those days of 6:30 a.m. workouts and practice in the rain is all worth it when you are sitting there and watching your name go up to compete in NCAA postseason. For the girls it means they accomplished what they set out to do at this stage. They are excited, they are working hard and they know they have a challenge in front of them. I think they are embracing the challenge, are looking forward to it and are ready to tee it up with the nation's best."
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