May 1, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - There is no denying that the Washington State women's golf team is a force to be reckoned with as they have been selected to compete at the NCAA West Regional Championship for the fifth consecutive year, Monday.
"We are very excited to be chosen to compete at the West Regional," said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. "I was confident that we would be selected, but you never really know until you see your name on the board."
The Cougars earned a No. 16 seed in the West Regional which is hosted by cross-state rival Washington, and will be played May 11-13 at the Washington National Golf Club, at Auburn, Wash. The 21-seeded field includes: UCLA, Georgia, Purdue, Arkansas, UNLV, Arizona, Stanford, New Mexico, Washington, Long Beach State, BYU, UC Irvine, San Jose State, Denver, Oregon State, Washington State, New Mexico State, Georgia State, Oral Roberts, Bradley, and Montana.
"With only six Pac-10 schools in the region, this is probably the shortest Pac-10 field I have ever been a part of," added Williams. "It looks like we will be paired with Georgia State and New Mexico State, who we have played several times this year. Hopefully, the weather will be a little uncomfortable there [Washington National] to give us an edge."
While Williams is excited for the team to garner their fifth consecutive team selection, he is ecstatic that All-American Anastasia Kostina is able to compete in the post season as a senior.
"I am very excited for Ana [Kostina] to have the opportunity to play at the regionals during her senior season," said Williams. "She is a tremendous team leader who has carried the team on her back throughout the season, and we hope to advance to the national championship with her at the forefront."
Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 11-13 to determine the championship field. Regional sites include: Bryan Park Golf Course, hosted by Wake Forest (East Regional), The Traditions at Texas A&M, hosted by Texas A&M University (Central Regional), and the Washington National Golf Club, hosted by the University of Washington (West Regional).
A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region.
The championships finals will be held May 23-26 at the Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State.