GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's golf team is one of 24 teams headed to the Central Regional the NCAA Division I Golf Committee announced Monday evening.
The Lady Pirates, who earned their fifth straight at-large bid, were chosen as the No. 19 seed in the Central Regional, which will be played at the Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, May 10-12.
"I'm very proud of our team for receiving a bid to compete in the NCAA's," Williams said. "It has been a rewarding year in a lot of ways because we have gotten contribution from a lot of different players and the team has been extremely focused and hard working. It is nice to see that hard work rewarded.
"One of our main goals this year was to receive our fifth-straight bid to the NCAA Regionals. This team has bought into the tradition and standards set by those before them, which makes it even more special and rewarding."
The East Regional is one of three regional tournaments, which will be held to determine the championship field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary round of NCAA championships competition, and all national championship policies will apply.
A total of 378 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. and will be hosted by Vanderbilt University. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
The Lady Pirates (102-48), in its 12th year of existence, will make their eighth team appearance in the NCAA Regionals dating back to the 2002-03 season, where they garnered a No. 12 seed in the East Regional in Winston-Salem, N.C. finishing tied for 14th. The Pirates were a 15 seed during the 2004-05 campaign in Gainesville, Fla. finishing in 17th.
Former Pirate Adrienne Millican participated in the NCAA Championships as an individual in 2004 placing in a tie for 34th out of 126 golfers, while Lene Krog represented the Pirates at the championships as an individual in 2007 before withdrawing due to an injury after 36 holes.
After claiming its first Conference USA Championship in the spring of 2006, the Pirates earned an automatic bid to the East Regional heading to Greensboro, N.C. as the No. 20 seed and finished tied for 19th. The following year the Pirates returned as a team with a No. 13 ranking in the East Regional where they finished 12th of 24 teams in Athens, Ga.
In 2009, ECU narrowly missed making its first ever NCAA Championship appearance, falling two strokes out of eighth place in Gainesville, Fla. posting a three-day score of 892 (283-313-296) where the Pirates led after the first day of competition.
Two years ago in 2010, the Pirates garnered a 20th seed in the East Regional, which was played in their own back yard at the Ironwood Country Club. ECU finished 12th out of 24 teams shooting a tournament score of 895 (293-305-297).
Last year the Pirates garnered a No. 19 seed in the Central Regional where they finished 20th with a tournament score of 945.
The selection to the 2011-12 East Regional marks the first time ECU has received five consecutive at-large bids and it's the 10th-straight season where the Pirates will be represented in the NCAA Regionals.