April 27, 2009
The 22nd-ranked University of New Mexico women's golf team has earned a spot in the 2009 NCAA Central Regional, the NCAA Division I women's golf committee announced this afternoon. Competition is May 7-9 at the Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State will serve as host. Live stats will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
This marks the 17th consecutive year New Mexico has qualified for postseason competition, or every year since regional play was introduced in 1993. The Lobos gained the automatic berth earlier this month by winning the Mountain West Conference title.
The NCAA Women's Golf Championships are divided into three regional sites. Each regional has 21 teams, with the top eight teams in each region advancing to the finals. The 2009 championships are May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Georgetown University is the host.
UNM last advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2007 when it finished 22nd at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Head coach Jill Trujillo will travel seniors Mikaela Backstedt and Morgan Grantham, juniors Britney Choy and Jodi Ewart and freshman Rebecca Hellbom to the regional at Ohio State. Ewart is UNM's top golfer with a scoring average of 72.25. She ranks No. 8 in the nation in the latest Golfweek poll.
Joining the Lobos at the Central Regional are No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 9 Purdue, No. 18 Louisville, No. 19 Kent State, No. 23 Michigan State, No. 24 Stanford, plus host Ohio State, Chattanooga, Fairleigh Dickinson, Georgia State, Harvard, Illinois State, Kentucky, Michigan, Murray State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Washington. Rankings are from the April 26 Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.