First Day of NCAA Division I Women's Golf Central Regionals
May 6, 2004
Normal, Ill. - After one day in Normal, the Horned Frog women's golf team closed out with a solid tie for ninth at 24-over par (308), only ten strokes behind NCAA Division I Central Regional leaders Vanderbilt and New Mexico. Senior Brooke Tull led the Frogs with a three-over (76) tie for 12th.
Tull's day started off on the right foot when she birdied the first hole. She bogied three holes in the front nine and another three in the back nine, but managed two more birdies, on the 12th and 14th holes to finish the day only three-over par.
The Frogs' second-best first-day performer, sophomore Traci Robison, hit a five-over par first round, balancing out a rocky front nine with a couple birdies in the back. She finished tied for 23rd with a 76.
Freshman Catherine Matranga nailed two birdies ten holes apart and slipped on eight holes for a six-over par opening round to tie for 38th.
Erica Blasberg of Arizona and Kyla Neal of Texas A&M lead the individual field with a three-under 68 score.
The three-day NCAA Regionals continue tomorrow at 8 a.m. CDT. Eight of the 21 teams and the top two individuals from non-qualifying teams will advance to the 2004 NCAA Championships at the Grand National Lake Course in Auburn, Ala., from May 18-21. TCU, which won the 1983 NCAA title, is seeking the school's ninth appearance in the NCAA Championships and first since 2000. Four teams from the central region are in top 10, seven in top 25, 12 in top 35 and 18 in top 50. TCU is 38th.
You can find the full results at www.golfstat.com.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: T1. Erica Blasberg, Arizona (-3) 68; T1. Kyla Neal, Texas A&M (-3) 68; T3. Laura Cross, Southern Methodist (+1) 72; T3. Sarah Jacobs, Vanderbilt (+2) 72; T5. Karen Dennison, Indiana (+2) 73; T5. Kailin Downs, New Mexico (+2) 73; T5. Murte Eikenaar, Purdue (+2) 73; T5. Alison Fouch, Michigan State (+2) 73; T5. Caroline Haase, Purdue (+2) 73; T5. Ashley Rollins, New Mexico (+2) 73; T5. May Wood, Vanderbilt (+2) 73.
TEAM SCORES: T1. Vanderbilt (+14) 298; T1. New Mexico (+14) 298; 3. Arizona (+15) 299; 4. Southern California (+16) 300; 5. Michigan State (+18) 302.