Lady Tigers Head to Utah for West Regional
April 30, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's golf team will head to St. George, Utah for the NCAA Tournament West Regional, the NCAA announced Monday. The Lady Tigers will compete in their first ever NCAA Tournament since 2002, when they finished 11th at the East Regional.
"We are just happy to be in the championships" said Memphis head coach Jenny Bruun. "It will just be fun for us. We don't have any expectations and no one is really expecting us to do that well in the tournament. It will be a time to just have fun and play golf. When you are in that situation, you have no fears and it usually turns out better that way. We are just going to go out there and play."
The West Regional will be played May 10-12 at the Entrada Course at the Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, Utah. The tournament will be hosted by Brigham Young University. Memphis will leave Tuesday, May 8 to head to the tournament. Joining the Lady Tigers from Conference USA is SMU. Gerina Mendoza from UTEP and Lene Krog from East Carolina will be competing individually.
"This week is going to be pretty light," said Bruun. "It is finals week and finals come first. School comes first, and so I have made all practices this week optional. Once we get through with finals, we will be back in gear. We have a lot of families coming in this weekend for graduation, so this week is going to be nice, but the team is ready to go. It is just great to be a Memphis Tiger right now. The team is peaking right now and they do not want the season to end. They are not ready to put their clubs away."
The NCAA Tournament will consist of 63 teams battling for a national title, with each regional site hosting 21 teams and three individuals. In all, there will be 324 participants competing in a regional tournament. Of those players, only 126 will advance to the championship finals. Those 126 will be made up of eight teams and two individuals from each region.
"This is a new challenge for us," said Bruun. "It is all new to them. I've been to a Regional as a player and as a coach. We are just looking forward to playing. It is going to be exciting."
Memphis has never won a national title, but Christy Dristy earned a spot at the1982 NCAA Championship Finals. The championship finals will be held May 22-25 at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Florida. The University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission will host the finals.
2007 West Regional Field (Conference automatic qualifiers in parenthesis)
1. Arizona State (Pacific-10 Conference)