Four Teams and One Individual to Compete at Women's Golf Regionals
May 8, 2006
Four Big Ten women's golf teams and one individual are set to compete in NCAA Regional competition. No. 3 seed and Big Ten Champion Purdue will compete in the West Regional, while eighth-seeded Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 16 Northwestern and Michigan's Amy Schmucker will hit the links in the Central Regional.
Purdue, playing at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., received the Big Ten's automatic bid to NCAA regional competition after winning its first conference title since 2000. The Boilermakers, who swept the Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year honors for the league, have been participants at the NCAA Regional since 1998.
Central Region competition will be played at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M, a course co-designed by Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack Nicklaus, Jr. Jack, Sr., is responsible for the redesign of the Ohio State Scarlet Course, site of the 2006 NCAA Championships.
The Buckeyes will be making their 10th-consecutive trip to the regional competition and are looking to capture their third title under head coach Therese Hession's watch. Last season, Ohio State captured the NCAA East Regional crown.
This marks the eighth straight year Michigan State has participated in the NCAA Regionals, dating back to 1999. MSU placed seventh at the 2005 NCAA Central Regional to advance to its seventh NCAA Championships in school history. Four of the five Spartans in the lineup at last year's regionals are back this season.
Northwestern, which will join the Buckeyes and Spartans in Texas, is making an NCAA Regional appearance for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Wildcats made NCAA Regional trips in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005, with the 2000 squad advancing to the NCAA Championships.
Schmucker, ranked 93rd nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin, was one of three individuals selected to the Central Region. The senior led the Maize and Blue all season long and was honored with Second-Team All-Big Ten honors for her efforts. She led the Wolverines in nine of 11 events, including winning her second collegiate medalist honor at the Rio Verde Collegiate.