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ECU Women's Golf heading to 12th regional in school history

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Published: Apr. 25, 2018 at 10:12 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The ECU women’s golf team is one of 18 teams headed to the Austin Regional the NCAA Division I Golf Committee announced Wednesday evening live on the Golf Channel.

The Pirates, who earned their 12th at-large bid in the programs 18-year history, were chosen as the No. 12 seed in the Austin Regional, which will be played at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas and hosted by the University of Texas May 7-9.

“We are extremely excited to receive a National At-Large bid to the NCAA Championship,” said ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams. “We are very proud of the national reputation of our program and are looking forward to representing our university and athletic department in the NCAA Championship. We have had a very consistent year and our team has worked very hard and are deserving of this bid!”

Seventy-two teams and 24 individuals were selected to compete in one of four regional championships, each featuring 18 teams and six individuals, May 7-9, to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition and all national championships policies apply.

From regional competition, 24 teams and 12 individuals will advance to the national championships to be played May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. The Golf Channel will televise the final three days of the championship live.

The Pirates (115-32-1), in its 18th year of existence, will make their 12th 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.

Back 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. Three years ago, 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.

In 2013 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 posting a three-day score of 905 - which was their fourth-lowest NCAA total in school history.

The following season, the Pirates made their seventh consecutive regional appearance with a No. 18 seed in the East Regional (Tallahassee, Fla.) where they posted their sixth top-15. At one point, ECU moved into eighth place on the final day with five holes remaining, but tough windy conditions dropped them to 14th with a school-record NCAA Regional score of 886.

In 2015, Frida Gustafsson Spang became the third player in program history to earn an individual bid to participate in the NCAA Regionals (East Regional) and made her third-straight appearance in postseason play as a member of the Pirate golf team. The Sweden native carded a three-day score of 226 (76-77-73) to finish tied for 35th at 10-over par.

ECU returned to regional play the following year (2016) earning a No. 7 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional where it finished tied for ninth with a tournament score of 904. It was the Pirates second-best finish in postseason play following a ninth-place finish in the 2009 NCAA Regional.

A year ago, Lisa Pettersson earned an individual invitation to participate in the Athens Regional where she posted an 11-over par 227 (79-69-79) taking a share of 50th. The Taby, Sweden native carded a second-round score of 69, which was tied for the fourth-lowest individual score by a Pirate in NCAA Regional action.

The selection to the 2017-18 Austin Regional marks the 16th-straight season where the Pirates will be represented in the NCAA Regional competition.

ECU 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)

2013-14: NCAA East Regional - 14th out of 24 teams (886)

2015-16: NCAA Baton Rouge Regional – t9th out of 24 teams (904)

ECU NCAA Individual Results (Regionals)

Adrienne Millican (2003-04): NCAA East Regional - t9th out of 108 (222)

Lene Krog (2006-07): NCAA East Regional - t9th out of 108 (212)

Frida Gustafsson Spang (2014-15): NCAA East Regional – t35th out of 96 (226)

Lisa Pettersson (2016-17): NCAA Athens Regional – t50th out of 96 (227)

ECU NCAA Individual Results (Championships)

Adrienne Millican (2003-04): NCAA Championships - t34th out of 126 (295)

Lene Krog (2006-07): NCAA Championships - Withdrew due to injury