May 6, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma women’s golfer Kendall Dye will participate in the 2009 NCAA Central Regional May 7-9 (Thursday-Saturday) in Columbus, Ohio, at the 6,246-yard, par-72 Scarlet Golf Course. Eighteen holes will be played each day at the event, which is being hosted by The Ohio State University.
Sixty-three teams and nine individuals (324 total players) were chosen to compete at three different regional tournaments hosted in Gainesville, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, and Tempe, Ariz. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional (126 players total) to the NCAA Championships May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.
Dye’s selection was the result of a consistently solid senior year in which she finished in the top 25 in each of OU’s 10 tournaments.
“Kendall has really started to see her true ability and is believing more and more in herself every time she plays,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. “The only thing that Kendall really needed was the realization that she is a person to beat every time she tees it up and I see that quiet confidence in her.”
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Dye’s drive during the 2008-09 season led her to top-10 showings in four tournaments. In the Sooners’ two most recent events, Dye finished first at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic and tied for first at the Big 12 Championship. She also claims the second-best career stroke average in OU history (76.38).
The Sooners did not receive an NCAA regional team bid, but Dye’s teammates stand behind her 100 percent as she prepares for the postseason.
“The team has been very supportive of her this past week by playing and practicing with her and constantly encouraging her,” Ludvigson said. “Kendall is playing not only for herself but for her teammates as well.”
Ludvigson and OU assistant coach Emily Milberger, as well as Dye’s parents, will travel to Columbus to support the Edmond native.
NCAA regional live scoring will be available at http://golfstat.com/.
NCAA Central Regional Participants
(Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parentheses next to the institution)
2. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
3. Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
4. Wake Forest (Atlantic Coast Conference)
5. Louisville (Big East Conference)
6. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
7. Michigan State
8. Ohio State
10. New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)
11. Georgia State (Colonial Athletic Association)
12. Notre Dame
13. North Carolina State
18. Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference)
19. Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference)
20. Harvard (Ivy Group)
21. Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast Conference)
1. Kendall Dye, Oklahoma
2. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho
3. Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock