April 29, 2013
New Orleans - Fresh off winning the Conference USA Championship last week, Tulane's 20th-ranked golf team was one of 72 squads selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Regionals and the Green Wave will begin postseason play May 9-11 at the NCAA East Regional at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., as it was announced tonight by the NCAA.
Tulane is making its 10th appearance in NCAA Regional play, including its ninth in the NCAA East Region field. The Wave also played in the NCAA East Region last season and posted a 12th place finish. In 10 trips to regional play, the Wave has made just one appearance outside the NCAA East Region, the Central Region in 2011.
The top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships. The NCAA East Region features 24 teams and six individuals and includes eight Top-25 squads and 17 total schools are ranked among the nation's Top-50. Tulane is joined by Conference USA members UCF and East Carolina, future C-USA member FIU and a pair of individuals from Tulsa.
"We are very excited to be a part of the NCAA East Region at Auburn and I know head coach Kim Evans and everyone at Auburn will put on a great regional championship," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "We are looking forward to playing on their golf course and we feel like it suits our team very well. We have a week to get ready and I know our golfers will do everything to prepare themselves for this event. I scouted the course and know what we need to work on, so that should help with our preparation. This is a solid field, so we will have to play well each day to advance. Our goal will be to worry about our game and concentrate on one shot at a time like we have all year."
The Green Wave is coming off a 27-stroke win at the C-USA Championships, the school's fifth league title, and has posted top five finishes in all five spring events and in seven of nine tournaments this season.
The national championships will be held May 21-24 at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., and will be hosted by the University of Georgia.
NCAA East Regional Participants:
1. Alabama (SEC)
4. North Carolina
6. Oklahoma State (Big 12)
7. Tulane (Conference USA)
9. Notre Dame (Big East)
10. Northwestern (Big Ten)
13. Texas State
16. Penn State
17. East Carolina
18. FIU (Sun Belt)
19. Ole Miss
20. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
21. Tennessee-Chattanooga (Southern)
22. James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association)
23. Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley)
24. Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic)
1. Natalie Wille, Augusta State
2. Kelly Shon, Princeton
3. Casey Kennedy, Augusta State
4. Isabel Southard, Boston College
5. Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa
6. Kristina Merkle, Tulsa
Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution