May 5, 2005
Five Big Ten women's golf teams are set to compete in NCAA Regional competition. Fourth-seed and Big Ten Champion Ohio State will compete in the East Regional, while ninth-seeded Michigan, No. 13 Purdue and No. 14 Michigan State will hit the links in the Central Regional. Northwestern earned the 17th seed in the West Regional.
Each of the three regionals, which consist of 21 teams, is scheduled for May 5-7 and the top eight teams in each region will advance to the NCAA Championship May 17-20 at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.
Ohio State, playing at the University Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., received the Big Ten's automatic bid to NCAA regional competition after winning its fourth-consecutive Conference Championship. The Buckeyes are making their 12th overall and 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regionals, all under head coach Therese Hession.
Michigan received its third NCAA Regional bid and will travel to Lubbock, Texas, and play at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. In 11 tournaments this season, Michigan has finished with four team titles and four runner-up finishes. U-M is fresh off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
The Wolverines are joined in Lubbock by both Michigan State and Purdue. The Boilermakers, participants at the NCAA Regional since 1998, are looking to advance to their sixth-straight NCAA Championships. Michigan State finished third at last season's Central Regional, on its way to the NCAA Championship. The 2005 season marks Michigan State's seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional. This dates back to 1999 when the team made their first-ever trip to the event.
Currently, all five active Big Ten squads are ranked in the nation's top 50 by Golfweek/Sagarin. Ohio State is 10th, followed by No. 27 Michigan, No. 33 Purdue, No. 39 Michigan State and No. 44 Northwestern.