Women's Golf Headed To East Regional As No. 14-Seed
April 30, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's golf team has been selected as the No. 14-seed at the NCAA East Regional which is being played at Penn State's Blue Course on the campus of Penn State. The 54-hole regional is set to get underway on Thursday, May 10, and run through Saturday, May 12.
The top eight teams and two individuals not on those eight teams at the end of 54-holes will advance to the NCAA Championships at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, in Franklin, Tenn., on May 22-25.
Alabama is the top seed in the region followed by Arizona State, ACC Champion Duke, Texas A&M and Florida, which rounds out the top-5. The Demon Deacons have gone head-to-head at some point this season with 16 of the other 23 teams in the field and have defeated 10 of those teams at least once. Overall, Wake Forest is 16-26-1 against teams in the East Region.
Wake Forest has qualified for and has been selected to the NCAA Regionals every year since the NCAA switched to the regional format in 1993. This will be the Demon Deacons' 17th trip to the East Regional and its first appearance on Penn State's Blue Course. The last trip to the East Regional was in 2010 when the Deacs finished one spot out of qualifying for the finals at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C.
Out of the Demon Deacons' 19 previous appearances at the NCAA Regionals, Wake has advanced on to the NCAA Championships 13 times, including five out of the last six seasons. Wake Forest won the East Regional in both 1994 and 1995, for its only two regional victories. In both tournaments, the Demon Deacons overcame three-shot deficits on the final day.
The 1994 regional was played in East Lansing, Mich., on the campus of Michigan State. The Deacs used a final round 304 to overtake fellow ACC-rival Duke by five strokes. Stephanie Neill followed her second-place showing at the ACC Championships two weeks earlier with another runner-up finish after rounds of 70-75-74. Sonia Bauer, Laura Philo (Diaz) and Kim Marshall chipped in with 11th, 13th and 14th place finishes, respectively.
In 1995, The Demon Deacons again came from three shots down entering the final round to win its second-straight regional title. Wake carded a final round 297, which was the lowest round of the day. The Deacs were led by Stephanie Neill, who finished third overall with a three-day total of 216. Alexandra Armas finished in a tie for 10th while Laura Philo (Diaz) finished 12th. Wake Forest went on to finish third at the NCAA Championships in 1995, which is the best finish in school history.
The Deacons will be looking to qualify for their 11th NCAA Championship in the last 15 years. The first round of the East Regional will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, May 5. Wake will be in the first wave off the back nine which will start at 12:00 p.m. The Deacs are paired with Central Florida and Northwestern.
East Regional (Penn State Blue Course)