Tulane is making its 11th appearance in the NCAA Regionals, including its 10th in the NCAA East Regional.
April 28, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Less than a week after claiming back-to-back Conference USA titles, Tulane's 31st-ranked golf team (Golfweek) learned today where it will continue its season, as the Green Wave was one of 72 squads selected to participate in the 2014 NCAA Division I Regionals, as it was announced by the NCAA.
Tulane is headed to the NCAA East Regional, which will take place May 8-10 at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Green Wave is making its 11th NCAA Regional appearance, including its 10th in the NCAA East Region field. The Wave also played in the NCAA East Region last season and re-wrote the school record book with its best overall finish in regional action, a runner-up performance, and the team produced the best 54-hole total in school history with a 12-under 852 total at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
In 11 trips to regional play, the Wave has made just one appearance outside the NCAA East Region, the NCAA Central Region in 2011.
The NCAA East Regional features 24 teams and six individuals and includes nine Top-25 squads and 18 total schools are ranked among the nation's Top-50. Tulane is joined by fellow Conference USA member East Carolina in the field.
"We are excited about playing in the NCAA East Regional and are looking forward to competing in a very talented field," Tulane head coach Lorne Don said. "The team was very excited to find out where we were going. I think it is neat that the Golf Channel has jumped on board with NCAA and it was nice to watch our name pop up on national television. We will get started with our regional preparation right away and I know Madison (Opfer) has played the golf course so hopefully she will have some very useful information for us."
"The top four teams are very strong with Duke, Stanford and Vanderbilt coming off league titles in three of the major conferences, along with South Carolina. I think we will have a good shot at landing one of the last four spots or even finishing higher. The team will be ready to go and we are looking forward to getting started," Don added.
Since the re-launch of the Tulane golf program in 2008-09, the Green Wave has participated in postseason play in each of the six seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships from the NCAA East Region in 2009 (Gainesville, Fla.), 2010 (Greenville, N.C.) and 2013 (Auburn, Ala.).
The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 20-23, at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., and will be co-hosted by the University of Tulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission.
NCAA East Regional Participants:
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
Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution