April 30, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - The Washington State University women's golf team is going dancing for a sixth consecutive year.
Monday WSU was selected to participate in the NCAA West Regional, one of 21 teams from across the country to compete May 10-12 at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, St. George, Utah.
Head coach Walt Williams' Cougars will be making their sixth straight trip to an NCAA regional. This year Williams takes a squad into the regional championship that includes two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.
"I'm not surprised, but certainly pleased," Williams said Monday. "I thought we were a bubble team with a good chance. In the last rankings we were 41st in the nation. I'm glad we got the information we are in so I don't have to worry."
The NCAA will stage three regional tournaments May 10-12, with the NCAA Championships slated for May 22-25 at Daytona Beach, Florida. LSU will host the East regional this spring, Michigan the Central regional and Brigham Young the tournament in Utah. Each regional consists of 21 teams and three individuals not members of the competing teams. From each regional eight teams and two individuals advance to the national tournament.
"I'm excited about these young ladies playing in the regional and showing what they can do," noted Williams.
This spring sophomore Amy Eneroth paced the Cougars with a scoring average of 74.7 strokes over 11 events and 31 rounds. She made nine Top 25 finishes and six Top 10 finishes, including medalist honors at the Duck Invitational at Eugene. She also placed second at the spring opener, the Pat Bradley Tournament.
"Amy is a second team All-Pacific-10 as a sophomore, which is quite an accomplishment," said Williams. "The only other Cougar to do that was Kim Welch. That shows what caliber of player Amy is. We expect great things from her in the tournament and in her future. Hopefully we can advance to the national championship and all of them come back and we'll be a Top 25 team.
Joining WSU at the West regional will be Arizona State, Pepperdine, Florida, Oklahoma State, Brigham Young, Stanford, Denver, New Mexico, UC Irvine, San Jose State, UNLV, San Francisco, Hawaii, California, Idaho, Campbell, Nebraska, Memphis, Sacramento State and Columbia-Barnard. The competing individuals will be Kay Hoey of Long Beach State, Jennifer Shipley from Fresno State and New Mexico State's Lehua Wise.