TCU Women's Golf Set for NCAA Regional
May 8, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's golf team will make its 18th-consecutive postseason appearance when it begins play Thursday at the NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla.
The top-eight teams and two individuals from each of the three NCAA Regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships May 21-24 in Athens, Ga. TCU has reached the NCAA Championships in four of the last six years.
TCU is seeded 15th in the NCAA Central Regional. Joining the Horned Frogs in the 24-team regional are top-seed Duke, host Oklahoma, Florida, Washington, Arizona State, UC Davis, Texas Tech, NC State, Michigan State, Iowa State, SMU, Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Indiana, UTSA, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Lamar, Illinois State, Detroit and Butler.
The three day, 54-hole NCAA Central Regional will be played on the par 72, 6,298-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course. Live scoring of each round is available at www.Golfstat.com. TCU's Thursday tee times begin at noon. The Horned Frogs will be paired with Coastal Carolina and Wake Forest.
TCU's streak of 18 consecutive postseason appearances, second-longest among Horned Frog athletics teams behind only men's golf (24), has come under 19th-year head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin.
TCU's lineup in Norman will be Alexandra Bonetti, Sanna Nuutinen, April McCoy, Kortnie Maxoutopoulis and Maria Maymon. Nuutinen, making her third postseason appearance, is the lone upperclassman. Bonetti, McCoy and Maxoutopoulis are sophomores with Maymon a freshman.
The top-five career finishes for Bonetti have come this spring. She has a top-20 result in five of six tournaments, including three top-10 efforts. The Paris, France, native tied for 10th at the Big 12 Championship to earn a spot on the conference's all-tournament team.
Bonetti, the lone Horned Frog to play in all 10 tournaments this season, is second on TCU with a 75.4 stroke average, a nearly 1 1/2-stroke improvement from last year.
Nuutinen, ranked 94th nationally by Golfweek, has a career-low 75.1 mark. The Helsinki, Finland, native is tied with Bonetti for team-best honors with five top-20 finishes this season. Nuutinen was the 2012 Mountain West champion.
McCoy captured TCU's lone individual title this season when she won the Windy City Collegiate Classic in October. She has a 77.7 stroke average.
After arriving in January as a transfer from Rutgers, Maxoutopoulis played in all six spring tournaments for TCU. She is third on the Horned Frogs with a 77.4 mark.
Maymon has competed in eight tournaments. The Huixquilucan, Mexico, native has a 77.9 average.
TCU has five top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments this season, including season best fourth-place results at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and LSU Tiger Golf Classic. The Horned Frogs have finished in the top seven in four of six spring events.