May 9, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - OU golfer Kendall Dye fired a final round 74 (+2) on Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional played in Columbus, Ohio, at the 6,246-yard, par-72 Scarlet Golf Course. The senior tied for 12th place out of 108 golfers at the tournament which was hosted by Ohio State University.
Dye's three-round score of 226 (+10) gave her the first of two available spots to advance to compete individually in the NCAA Championships.
Cindy LaCrosse of Louisville and Sara Wikstrom of Arkansas-Little Rock went head-to-head in a one-hole playoff to determine the second individual to advance to the NCAA Championships. LaCrosse reserved the spot after she made par while Wikstrom bogeyed.
Dye, OU's lone individual competitor in Ohio, played her best golf of the regional over the final 18 holes. She began on the 10th hole and birdied three times by the 17th to finish her first nine at one under par. Three bogeys on the course's front nine resulted in her 2-over-par 74 round, her best score of the three-day event.
UCLA won the tournament with a three-round team total of 877 (+13). They advance to compete at the NCAA Championships, followed by Purdue, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Michigan State, New Mexico and Chattanooga.
The NCAA Championships will be held May 19-22 in Owings Mills, Md., where Dye will compete in her first-ever Division I national tournament.