Four Teams Set To Compete In NCAA Women's Golf Action

Spartan captain Laura Kueny looks to advance MSU to the NCAA Championships this weekend.

Spartan captain Laura Kueny looks to advance MSU to the NCAA Championships this weekend.

May 6, 2009

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Ohio State University and the Scarlet Golf Course will host the 2009 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional on May 7-9.  The Big Ten will field four programs in NCAA Central Regional play in Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.  The conference currently touts the same four teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Top 50.  No. 9 Purdue leads all schools, followed by No. 23 Michigan State, No. 27 Ohio State and No. 49 Michigan.

Purdue will begin NCAA regional play for its 10th-consecutive year after having just won its second-straight Big Ten title.  The Boilermakers are led by three-time conference Player of the Year Maria Hernandez as she ranks No. 7 among collegiate golfers.  The two-time first team All-American is averaging a team-low 72.9 strokes-per-round average and tied teammate Maude-Aimee Leblanc for her second-consecutive Big Ten individual title.  Hernandez is joined on the first-team All-Big squad by No. 18 Leblanc, No. 26 Thea Hoffmeister and No. 53 Junthima Guylamamitta.  Head Coach Devon Brouse was honored by his colleagues as Big Ten Coach of the Year.  The Boilermakers finished fourth in last year’s NCAA Championships and have placed within the top-10 in the past three seasons.               

Michigan State will enter Central Regional action with three members of the All-Big Ten first and second team.  No. 17 Laura Kueny fronts the Spartans with first-team honors while second-team distinction went Aimee Neff and Lindsey Solberg.  MSU placed second at the conference championships, riding a six-year streak for top-three finishes at the annual event.

No. 27 Ohio State took home third-place honors at the 2009 Big Ten Championships.  Sophomore In Hong Lim earned first-team All-Big Team accolades as ranks No. 71 nationally while newcomer Vicky Villanueva garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year laurels.            

No. 49 Michigan will look to veteran Ashley Bauer, the No. 99 ranked player among collegiate golfers, to guide the Wolverines to the NCAA Championships.  Bauer was named to the All-Conference second-team this season.               

The top eights teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships on May 19-22, in Baltimore, Md.  The University of Florida hosts the East Regional on the Mark Bostick Golf Course and Arizona State hosts the West Regional on the ASU Karsten Golf Course.