May 12, 2006
NCAA Central Regional Championships (Second Round Results)
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BRYAN, Texas -- Northwestern is one solid round away from returning to the NCAA National Championships.
For the second straight day, the 16th-seeded Wildcats turned in the sixth-best team score at the NCAA Central Regional Championships, which are being held at the challenging Traditions Club at Texas A&M. After 36 holes of the 54-hole tournament, NU is sitting in sixth place, four strokes ahead of eighth-place Kent State. The top eight finishing teams in the 21-team championship will head to the NCAA Championships May 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio.
Northwestern received an outstanding round from freshman Jennifer Hong (Windermere, Fla./The First Academy), who carded a 3-over 75. She is now in 11th place overall (6-over 150) and five strokes behind Duke's Amanda Blumenherst, the country's top-ranked player, and USC's Irene Cho, the nation's third-ranked player.
Northwestern received solid days from the rest of its contingent, too. Junior Alice Kim (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) is in 14th place with a 7-over 151 (73-78). Sophomore Katie Trachok (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) turned in a 5-over 77 and moved up to 64th place with a 16-over 160 (83-77). Sophomore Brittany Johnston (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) delivered a 6-over 78 and is in 45th place at 13-over (79-78).
Junior Heather Scholten (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) carded her second straight 81 and is in 68th place with an 18-over 162.
"With the competition we're facing and the demands of this course, we've put two solid rounds together," said NU coach Chris Regenberg. "Heading into Saturday, our mindset is we still need to play our best golf of the weekend to make sure we advance. Another 20-over day might get us to Columbus, but we can't approach it that way."
The Wildcats have turned in back-to-back 20-over's for a 40-over 616. Northwestern remains in front of Big Ten schools Michigan State (seventh, 41-over) and Ohio State (15th, 58-over).
Northwestern came in to the tournament as the No. 16 seed and is easily one of the biggest surprise contenders in the Central Regional thus far. Texas A&M, the host school and region's No. 4 seed, bounced back from its 30-over 318 on Friday and recorded an 18-over 306 on Saturday to climb into 10th place.
Top-ranked Duke shot a 12-over 300 on Friday -- second only to Nebrasks's 10-over 298 -- to take a three-stroke lead over No. 6 USC. Nebraska, the No. 13 seed is in fourth place, five strokes in front of the Wildcats.
For more information on the Central Regional, visit Texas A&M Central Regional Championships site. Live scoring will be provided throughout the the tournament at NCAA Central Regional Championships.