NORMAN, Okla. -- The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee announced the Oklahoma women’s golf team has been selected to participate in the 2004 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships Central Regional in Normal, Ill.
OU is a No. 5 seed in the regional field of 21.
The Central Regional will be played May 6-8 at University Golf Course and hosted by Illinois State University. The Central Regional is one of three regional sites for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. The East Regional will be played in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., and the West Regional will be played in Stanford, Calif.
In 2003, OU played in the Central Regional in Lincoln, Neb., but failed to qualify for the championships. The Sooners were a No. 8 seed and finished in 10th place with a score of 936. Oklahoma was two strokes from finishing eighth which would have resulted in a bid to the NCAA Championships. Lisa Meldrum led all Sooners in the regional and finished tied for ninth with a tournament total of 226.
OU is coming off the Big 12 Championships where it finished in fourth place with a two-round 607 after the third round was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Sooners have claimed three tournament championships this season: the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, Price’s Give Em Five Intercollegiate and the Kent Youel Invitational. Oklahoma has also posted an additional three top-five finishes this season.
A total of 63 teams and 324 participants were selected for regional competition. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region. The championship finals will be held at Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala., and hosted by Auburn University May 18-21.
2. New Mexico
4. Southern California
6. Michigan State
11. Texas A&M
12. Kansas State
14. Southern Methodist
15. Kent State
19. Notre Dame
21. Illinois State