GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina women's golf team is one of 24 teams headed to the East Regional the NCAA Division I Golf Committee announced Monday evening.
The Pirates, who earned their seventh straight at-large bid, were chosen as the No. 18 seed in the East Regional, which will be played at the SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla. and hosted by Florida State University May 8-10.
“I’m very excited for our program to receive their seventh consecutive NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at-large bid,” ECU Head Women’s Coach Kevin Williams said. “It speaks volumes to the national reputation of our program. This year’s team is very talented; the hardest working squad that I’ve ever coached and it’s nice to see all their hard work rewarded.
“We are anxious for the chance to rebound from our disappointing performance at the Conference USA Championships and look forward to heading to Tallahassee, Fla. to participate in the East Regional.”
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 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., and will be hosted by the Tulsa Sports Commission and the University of Tulsa. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.
The Pirates (108-37-1), in its 14th year of existence, will make their 10th 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.
Three 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).
The Pirates garnered a No. 19 seed in the Central Regional in 2011 where they finished 20th with a tournament score of 945. Last year ECU was tabbed as the No. 19 seed in the Central Regional (Columbus, Ohio) finishing 21st out of 224 teams with a three-day total of 967.
Last year ECU extended its streak of consecutive team regionals to six when there were tabbed the No. 17 seed in the East Regional, which was played at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala. The Pirates finished 13th out of 24 teams, their fifth career Top-15 placement, after posting a three-day score of 905 – which was their third-lowest NCAA total in school history.
The selection to the 2013-14 East Regional marks the first time ECU has received seven consecutive at-large bids and it's the 12th-straight season where the Pirates will be represented in the NCAA Regional competition.
East Carolina NCAA Team Results
2002-03: NCAA East Regional – t14th out of 24 teams (908)
2004-05: NCAA East Regional – 17th out of 24 teams (929)
2005-06: NCAA East Regional – t19th out of 24 teams (916)
2007-08: NCAA East Regional – 12th out of 24 teams (919)
2008-09: NCAA East Regional – 9th out of 24 teams (892)
2009-10: NCAA East Regional – 12th out of 24 teams (895)
2010-11: NCAA Central Regional – 20th out of 24 teams (945)
2011-12: NCAA Central Regional – 21st out of 24 teams (967)
2012-13: NCAA East Regional – 13th out of 24 teams (905)
East Carolina NCAA Individual Results
Adrienne Millican (2003-04): NCAA East Regional - t9th out of 108 (222)
Lene Krog (2006-07): NCAA East Regional - t9th out of 108 (212)
Adrienne Millican (2003-04): NCAA Championships - t34th out of 126 (295)
Lene Krog (2006-07): NCAA Championships - Withdrew due to injury
The East regional will be played at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Florida and will be hosted by Florida State. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. South Carolina
3. Stanford (Pac-12)
4. Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference)
5. Pepperdine (West Coast Conference)
9. NC State
10. Florida State
12. Tulane (Conference USA)
13. Louisville (American Athletic Conference)
15. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
17. Campbell (Big South)
18. East Carolina
19. Texas State
20. College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association)
21. Troy (Sun Belt)
22. Murray State (Ohio Valley)
23. Seton Hall (Big East )
24. Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
1. Lori Beth Adams, North Carolina-Wilmington
2. Ellen Ceresko, Penn State
3. Lacey Fears, Mercer
4. Kaew Preamuchuen, Kennesaw State
5. Abby Newton, Mississippi
6. Christina Vosters, Penn State
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