May 5, 2010
Five Big Ten women’s golf teams and two individuals will begin the march toward national preeminence on Thursday when they begin play at the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships. The three-day event gets underway Thursday morning and will conclude on Saturday. Four squads will play in the Central Region, which will be held at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., while the fifth will compete into the West Regional, which will be held at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.
Big Ten Champion and NCAA Regional automatic qualifier Purdue is the No. 3 seed in the Central Regional. The Boilermakers will be joined by Big Ten runner-up and fourth-seeded Michigan State, No. 13 Northwestern and No. 20 Indiana, which will serve as the Central Regional host. Ohio State, which finished third in the Big Ten Championships, is the No. 4 seed and the lone conference team in the West Regional.
Additionally, two student-athletes will compete as individuals this wekeend. Michigan’s Ashley Bauer was selected as an individual in the Central Regional, and Minnesota’s Teresa Puga was selected in the West Regional.
Last year, three Big Ten squads advanced out of the Central Regional as Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue all placed in the top eight. All three went on to finish in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships.
Overall, 72 teams from across three regionals will compete for 24 spots at the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall’s Pete Dye Course in Wilmington, N.C. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advance from each regional.