TCU Finishes 19th at Regionals
May 7, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs were unable to secure a top-eight finish and a berth into the NCAA Championships as they finished 19th at the 2005 NCAA Central Regional in Lubbock, Texas. Auburn finished as the Central Regional Champion, with Diana Ramage firing a five-under 67 in the final round to secure the individual medalist slot. Sophomore Camille Blackerby finishes highest individually for the Frogs at a tie for 42nd.
The Regional went into a play off for the two individual spots as Michigan's Brianna Broderick and LSU's Brooke Shelton ended the 18-hole course tied at eight-over par after the third round. Shelton was able to overcome Broderick in the playoff which was played at hole 18. Texas' Lisa Ferrero (70-73-79-222) earned the top individual spot with a six-over-par performance for the tournament. Ferrero finished tied for fourth overall.
Finishing in the top-eight, as well as earning a berth to the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sunriver, Ore., is No. 6 Auburn (294-309-293-896) in first followed by No. 37 Texas A&M (293-310-300-903) in second. Rounding out the top eight, in the three through eight positions were, No. 15 Missouri (291-312-302-905), No. 4 Arizona State (296-310-300-906), No. 21Tulsa (298-310-300-908), No. 35 Purdue (295-309-304-908), No. 41 Michigan State (300-307-302-909) and No. 20 Arkansas (300-311-304-915).
The Frogs were unable to overcome an unfortunate 40-over second round, slipping another spot from 18th to 19th in the final day. Twenty-two strokes out of qualifying for the NCAA championships, the team tallied a 21-over for the day. Sophomore Camille Blackerby had the best day, counting two birdies on her card for a four-over round after a seemingly disastrous start of a bogey, triple-bogey. Sophomore Catherine Matranga also tallied two birdies to leave her with a six-over card. Senior D'Rae Ward collected two birdies for a seven-over day and sophomore Elin Emanuelsson had two birdies for a six-over day. Sophomore Stacey Bieber rounded out the Frogs with a 10-over score.
TCU finishes its season with eight top-ten finishes, highlighted by the Lady Boilermaker Invitational top honors.
TCU RESULTS: T42. Camille Blackerby (+15) 74-81-76=231; T49. Catherine Matranga (+16) 74-80-78=232; T68. D'Rae Ward (+20) 75-82-79=236; T86. Elin Emanuelsson (+23) 76-85-78=239; T98. Stacey Bieber (+31) 79-86-82=247.
TEAM RESULTS (Top Five): 1. Auburn 294-309-293=896 (+32); 2. Texas A&M 293-310-300=903 (+39); 3. Missouri 291-312-302=905 (+41); 4. Arizona State 296-310-300=906 (+42); T5. Tulsa 298-310-300=908 (+44); T5. Purdue 295-309-304=908 (+44); 19. TCU 299-328-311=938 (+74).
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top Five): 1. Diana Ramage, Auburn (-4) 68-77-67=212; 2. Louise Stahle, Arizona State (+3) 72-77-70=219; 3. Lee Anne Pace, Tulsa (+5) 73-77-71=221; T4. Lisa Ferrero, Texas (+6) 70-73-79=222; T4. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State (+6) 72-76-74=222.