ECU Places 12th, Gamecocks Take Team Title At Regionals

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women’s golf team carded a final round 297 Saturday afternoon and finished in 12th place at the 2010 NCAA East Regional falling short of making its first NCAA Championship appearance. The event, which was hosted by the Pirates, was being held at the 6,325-yard, par-72 Ironwood Golf Club in Greenville, N.C.

The Pirates, who close out the season with 114-75-1 ledger, finished ahead of six top-50 program’s in the regional including No. 27 North Carolina. With its three-day total of 895 (293-305-297), ECU missed the NCAA Championship cut by 15 strokes and tied its second-best finish in a regional with the 2007-08 squad. Last year the Pirates finished in ninth place.

Senior Abby Bools closed out her career with a three-under par 69, which tied her season-low round, and claimed a share of seventh place, missed making the NCAA Championships as an individual by three strokes. The Hickory, N.C. native carded a 54-hole score of 215, one-under par for the tournament, and collected her ninth top-10 finish of the season and 25th of her career.

Amy Otteson, who was in 10th place after the first day, finished tied for 36th (221) after a two-over par 74. Junior Amber Littman (227) took a share of 67th place after a final round of 76, while senior Ana Maria Puche (232) finished tied for 89th and Colleen Estes (235) finished tied for 101st.

South Carolina posted a final round score of two-over-par 290 to finish in first place. The Gamecocks, which were seeded 10th at the regional, fired a three-day total of par-864 to claim their first regional championship.

Southeastern Conference teams claimed four of the top five spots in the field. Tennessee earned a second-place finish at two-over-par (283-287-296=866) followed by Auburn (280-285-293=868) in third-place and Vanderbilt (292-287-292=871) in fifth.

Top-seeded Duke tied Auburn for third-place to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 13th consecutive season. The Blue Devils entered the final round with a three-stroke lead, but carded a 12-over 300 Saturday to fall out of the top spot.

Conference USA champion Tulane finished sixth at nine-over (285, 295,293=873). West Coast Conference winner Pepperdine finished seventh at 13-over (281-290-306=877) followed by TCU at 16-over (287-296-297=880) to claim the eighth and final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships being held at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

Ninth-ranked Wake Forest missed the cut by seven strokes and failed to advance to the national championships for the first time in four seasons. South Carolina sophomore Katie Burnett finished atop the individual standings with a final tally of six-under 210 (67-72-71). Carlie Yadloczky of Auburn finished one stroke behind Burnett at five-under 211 (68-73-70).

Texas Tech senior Rosalyn Kim and East Tennessee State sophomore Nina Muehl earned births to the NCAA Championships as individuals. Kim posted a 54-hole score of four-under 212 (70-69-73) to finish third to reach the championship round for the first time. Muehl finished tied for fourth-place at three-under 213 (64-76-73).

The 2010 NCAA Championships are set to be held May 18-21 in Wilmington, N.C.

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