May 13, 2000
Tempe, Ariz.--- Led by Jennifer Dodd's (Portland, Ore.) 73 and Jenny Ballou's (Portland, Ore.) 74, Washington State fired a 306 to slip past Oregon State and finish 23rd at the NCAA West Regional. The Cougars entered the tournament seeded 24th in a field that featured 24 of the top 50 teams in the nation.
Coming off of a 10th place finish at the Pac-10 Championship, Dodd rebounded from a disappointing first two rounds with a 73 on Saturday. That gave her a 14-over par 230 for the tournament and a share of 65th place. Ballou, a senior playing her last collegiate event, tied for 85th with a three round total of 233.
The NCAA West Regional, which was played at the par-72 Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University, sends 11 teams and three individuals to the NCAA Championship.
Pac-10 champion Arizona earned their berth by winning the tournament with a team score of 876, 12-over par. San Jose State finished second, five strokes behind the Wildcats, while USC, Arizona State, and Texas Christian rounded out the top five.
Also earning trips to the NCAA Championship, which will be played in Sun River, Ore. and hosted by Oregon State, were Stanford, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas, Tulsa, and Nebraska.
Arizona State freshman Miriam Nagl grabbed individual medalist honors by firing a seven-under par 209, two strokes better than USC's own freshman, Candie Kung. Kung tied the Karsten course record on Friday with a 65.
Oklahoma State's Maria Boden, who finished third, BYU's Carrie Summerhays, and UTEP's Kristen MacLaren advanced to the NCAA Championship as individuals. The top three finishers who are not attached to one of the 11 teams advancing are rewarded with trips to the NCAA Championship.
For Washington State, the NCAA West Regional marks the conclusion of a surprising run which produced the school's first postseason appearance since the program's inception in 1983.
WSU RESULTS: 317-312-306---935 T65) Jennifer Dodd 77-80-73---230, T85) Jenny Ballou 82-77-74---233, T113) Tasha Browner 79-83-77---239, T116) Donna Bell 80-79-82---241, T116) Shanelle Roberts 81-76-84---241
TOP FIVE PLAYERS: (1) Miriam Nagl, Arizona State, 209 (2) Candie Kung, USC, 211 (3) Maria Boden, Oklahoma State, 213 (4) Angela Stanford, Texas Christian/Rebecka Heinmert, San Jose State, 214....ALSO ADVANCING TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP...(6) Carrie Summerhays, BYU, 217 (9) Kristen MacLaren, UTEP, 218
TEAM RESULTS: (1) Arizona, 876 (2) San Jose State, 881 (3) USC, 888 (4) Arizona State, 889 (5) Texas Christian, 892 (6) Stanford, 893 (7) Oregon, 895 (8) Pepperdine, 898 (9) Texas, Tulsa, Nebraska, 899 (12) Oklahoma, 900 (13) New Mexico State, 901 (14) UCLA, 906 (15) Missouri, 911 (16) Oklahoma State, 913 (17) Washington, 916 (18) Texas Tech, Baylor, 918 (20) BYU, 922 (21) New Mexico, 924 (22) California, 929 (23) Washington State, 935 (24) Oregon State, 938