May 9, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's 35th-ranked golf team will open postseason play this week as part of the 24-team field at the 2012 NCAA East Regional at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Penn. The three-day event will take place, Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12, and the top eight teams and two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships.
The first round will get underway on Thursday at 6:30 a.m. CST. The Green Wave will be paired with golfers from the University of Washington and the University of Texas and will start from the 10th tee. Senior Samantha Troyanovich will be the first to tee for TU, followed by classmates Stephanie Wagstaff and Ashley McKenney, while freshman Gemma Dryburgh and junior Maribel Lopez Porras round out the Wave line-up.
"We're obviously excited to be back in regional play for the fourth straight season, which is now every year since the program was re-launched," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said, "We finished up final exams and everyone is rested and playing well right now. The important thing for us this week is to play our own game. We need to get off to a good start and follow it up with solid rounds on the second and third day. We need to be mentally tough and be prepared to grind these rounds out. Par is a very good score in postseason. I look for us to play solid and make a run toward to the national championships."
The par-72, 6,253-yard Penn State Blue Course will host a field that features eight, Top-25 squads and 16 total teams are ranked among the nation's Top-50, according to Golfstat.com.
Tulane is making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Regionals, including its eighth in the NCAA East Regional field, but its first since 2010. Last year, the Wave participated in the NCAA Central Region.
Since the program was re-instated in 2008-09, TU has participated in NCAA postseason play in each of the four seasons. Tulane has advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of its last two appearances in the NCAA East Region, including 2009 (Gainesville, Fla.) and 2010 (Greenville, N.C.).
The national championships will be held May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., and will be hosted by Vanderbilt University, Nashville.
NCAA East Regional Participants: 1. Alabama 2. Arizona St. 3. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference) 4. Texas A&M 5. Florida 6. Arizona 7. Oklahoma St. 8. South Carolina 9. Michigan St. (Big Ten Conference) 10. Washington 11. Texas 12. Tulane 13. UCF 14. Wake Forest 15. Northwestern 16. San Diego St. 17. Kent St. (Mid-American Conference) 18. Maryland 19. Augusta St. 20. Campbell (Big South Conference) 21. Chattanooga (Southern Conference) 22. Oral Roberts (The Summit League) 23. Jacksonville St. (Ohio Valley Conference) 24. LIU Brooklyn (Northeast Conference)
Individuals: 1. Fanny Cnops, UNC-Greensboro 2. Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia St. 3. Kelly Shon, Princeton 4. Katie Mundy, FIU 5. Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia 6. Laura Wearn, Furman Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution