April 27, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma women's golf senior Kendall Dye was selected Monday to participate in the 2009 NCAA Central Regional May 7-9 in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State University will host the regional tournament at the 6,246-yard, par-72 Scarlet Golf Course.
Dye’s individual invitation came one day after her first-place tie at the Big 12 Championship in Lubbock, Texas. She fired a final-round 76 (+3) and turned in a three-round total of 225 (+6) to match Texas A&M’s Ashley Freeman. Freeman won the head-to-head playoff on the second hole.
“Kendall is really playing her best golf right now and the Scarlet Golf Course will play into her strengths,” OU head coach Carol Ludvigson said. “It is very long and the weather could be anything. She has gotten so much stronger mentally and her short game has improved so much that I know she will be a player to beat.”
Dye, from Edmond, Okla., has finished in the top 25 of each tournament during the 2008-09 season. Included were four top-10 showings and medalist honors at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic earlier this month. Dye's 76.38 career stroke average is second best in school history.
Last year, the Sooners competed at the NCAA West Regional in Lincoln, Calif., where then-junior Dye tied for 35th place.
A total of 324 participants have been selected for this year’s regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championship finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.
The NCAA Championship finals will be held May 19-22 in Owings Mills, Md., at the Caves Valley Golf Club and will be hosted by Georgetown University.
“Our goal for Kendall is for her to easily get through the regional tournament and head to the NCAAs with even more confidence than she has right now,” Ludvigson said. “She has all of the ability in the world and I am just thrilled that she gets to play in the postseason of her senior year.”
Stay up to date with Dye’s progress at the 2009 NCAA Central Regional on SoonerSports.com.
Teams participating in the NCAA Central Regional:
2. Oklahoma State
4. Wake Forest
6. Kent State
7. Michigan State
8. Ohio State
10. New Mexico
11. Georgia State
12. Notre Dame
13. North Carolina State
18. Murray State
19. Illinois State
21. Fairleigh Dickinson
1. Kendall Dye, Oklahoma
2. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho
3. Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock