Apr 29, 2014 1:03 AM
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky women's golf team was selected to the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship for the 19th time in program history Monday night, as the Wildcats made the field and will compete in the East Regional at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., May 8-10. UK made the field of 72 teams for the fourth consecutive season and will make compete in the East Regional for the third time in the last four seasons.
"We are excited about being sent to Tallahassee for the NCAA regionals," said Kentucky head coach Golda Johansson Borst. "I feel like we got a strong draw this year and Florida courses typically treat our team well. We have learned a lot this year and we will draw on those experiences as we head to the Championship. I know our team has learned a lot this year that will help us next week."
The 24-team regional features five Southeastern Conference teams, including the 2014 SEC Champions Vanderbilt. Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina will also represent the league in the East Regional. Along with Vanderbilt, the field boasts 12 conference champions: Duke, Stanford, Pepperdine, Tulane, Louisville, East Tennessee State, Campbell, College of Charleston, Troy, Murray State, Seton Hall and Alabama State. The remainder of the field consists of UCF, Virginia, NC State, Florida State, Baylor, East Carolina and Texas State.
Kentucky is coming off an eighth-place tie in the 2014 SEC Championship held in Hoover, Ala. Sophomore Cylia Damerau recorded her second top 20 finish of the season by placing 18th with a 9-over par, 225. Senior Liz Breed carded an 11-over par, 227, to tie for 24th, while freshman Haley Mills posted a 13-over par, 229, to tie for 31st. Sophomore Sarah Harris and freshman Alessandra Walker tied for 53rd at 18-over par, 234. UK has won one tournament this season, while recording four top-five finishes. Breed leads the team with a 73.89 season scoring average with Mills closely behind at 74.04.
The NCAA Women's Golf Championship is made up of three regionals that each consist of 24 teams and six individuals. The two other 2014 regional sites include the Central Regional at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., and the West Regional at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncandia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.
The three regional sites are preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championship. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional to participate in the championship's finals at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., May 20-23.
This marks the fourth straight postseason appearance for Kentucky under the direction of Borst. The Wildcats placed 12th in the 2013 East Regional, 17th in the 2012 Central Regional and 20th in the 2011 East Regional.
For more information on the University of Kentucky women's golf team please visit UKathletics.com and follow on Twitter @UKWomensGolf.
2014 NCAA Championship - East Regional
May 8-10 - Tallahassee, Fla.
Southwood Golf Club
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. South Carolina
3. Stanford (Pac-12)
4. Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference)
5. Pepperdine (West Coast Conference)
9. NC State
10. Florida State
12. Tulane (Conference USA)
13. Louisville (American Athletic Conference)
15. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
17. Campbell (Big South)
18. East Carolina
19. Texas State
20. College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic Association)
21. Troy (Sun Belt)
22. Murray State (Ohio Valley)
23. Seton Hall (Big East)
24. Alabama State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
1. Lori Beth Adams, North Carolina-Wilmington
2. Ellen Ceresko, Penn State
3. Lacey Fears, Mercer
4. Kaew Preamchuen, Kennesaw State
5. Abby Newton, Ole Miss
6. Christina Vosters, Penn State
* Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.