Western is No.1 seed at West Regional on May 1-2

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Bo Stephan
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Head Coach Bo Stephan
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

April 25, 2006

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University is the No.1-seed among six teams selected to compete in the NCAA Division II West Regional which takes place on May 1-2 at the Muskogee Country Club in Muskogee, OK (host Northeastern State University).

It is the fourth straight regional appearance for Western, which tied with Drury MO for last year's title after placing second the previous season. Each time, the Vikings went on to place fifth at the NCAA II National Championships. Drury has since moved to the East Region.

The 54-hole event is one of four regionals across the country. The top two teams in each region earn automatic berths to the national tournament May 10-13 at The Meadows in Allendale, MI (host Grand Valley State University).

Following Western in the regional seeding are Western New Mexico, St. Mary's (Texas), St. Edward's (Texas), host Northeastern State and Chico State.

The Vikings are ranked No.2 in the latest the National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA II Top 25, with St. Mary's TX tied for No.10, Western New Mexico No.13, Northeastern State No.16 and St. Edward's TX tied for No.17.

In the Golfstat national ratings, Western is the West Region's only top 10 rated team at No.5.

The Vikings, who return four players from last year's squad that tied for the regional crown, posted the best regular-season record in school history, winning seven of eight tournaments.

"We're looking at this as an opportunity to put an exclamation point on what already has been a great season," said first-year coach Bo Stephan. "The team doesn't seem nervous, if anything they're excited. They're looking at this as an opportunity, not a hurdle."

Western is led by first-team NGCA All-American Katja Trygg (Sr., Bainbridge Island), who ranks No.5 nationally in NCAA II with a 75.3 scoring average. She was the medalist at three tournaments this season and has earned that distinction eight times during her four-year career. Trygg placed third at regionals last year and tied for 15th at nationals.

Trygg and Candice Wagner (Sr., Milton/Fife) will both be making their fourth regional appearances. Wagner, who has a 77.7 average and ranks 18th nationally, tied for 12th at regionals in 2005 and tied for 37th at nationals.

Trygg and Wagner played at the Muskogee Country Club in 2003 when competing at regionals as freshmen.

Making her third regional appearance for the Vikings is Katie Bender (Jr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep), who is averaging 80.0 strokes. She was 20th last year at regionals and tied for 29th at nationals.

Catherine Kim (So., Bellevue/Skyline), who has a 78.5 average, is playing at regionals for the second straight time. She and Trygg were both NGCA West Region all-stars in 2005. Last spring, Kim placed fifth at regionals and tied for 20th at nationals.

Completing the Vikings' squad is Allison Gillette (So., Seattle/Ballard), who has an 83.5 scoring average.

The regional consists of 36 holes on Mon., May 1, and 18 holes on Tue., May 2.

2006 NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division II Women's Golf Committee has selected the teams and individuals that will compete in the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships.

The 2006 NCAA Division II women's golf regional competition will be conducted May 1-2. Each regional will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently with six teams and three individuals from non-qualifying teams at each site. All participants will compete throughout the 54 holes of competition. The top two teams along with the top two individuals not with a team from each regional, will advance to the championships.

The 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships will be held May 10-13, at The Meadows in Allendale, Michigan, and will be hosted by Grand Valley State University.

The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score.

The number of participants that qualify for the finals is 48.

The following teams and individuals were selected to participate in the championships.

East Region Teams: 1. Ferris State 2. Grand Valley State 3. Drury 4. Southern Indiana 5. Southern Illinois Edwardsville 6. Northern Kentucky

East Region Individuals: 1. Kristi Piepenbrink, Indianapolis 2. Jamie Long, Northwood 3. Jackie Studor, Northwood

North Region Teams: 1. North Dakota 2. Nebraska-Omaha 3. Minnesota State Mankato 4. Southwest Minnesota State 5. South Dakota 6. Augustana (South Dakota)

North Region Individuals: 1. Morgan Proshek, Winona State 2. Rachael Schmidt, Upper Iowa 3. Rochelle Schmidt, Upper Iowa

South Region Teams: 1. Rollins 2. Florida Southern 3. Lynn 4. Nova Southeastern 5. West Florida 6. Barry

South Region Individuals: 1. Paige Haverty, Catawba 2. Heather Hagerman, Florida Gulf Coast 3. Christina Lecuyer, Central Arkansas

West Region Teams: 1. Western Washington 2. Western New Mexico 3. St. Mary's (Texas) 4. St. Edward's 5. Northeastern State 6. Cal State Chico

West Region Individuals: 1. Ashley Kelley, Central Oklahoma 2. Shelby White, Fort Hays State 3. Jessica McKay, Grand Canyon

REGIONAL DATES AND SITES

East: Findlay Country Club Findlay, Ohio University of Findlay, host May 1-2

North: Bluffs Golf Course Vermillion, South Dakota University of South Dakota, host May 1-2

South: Stonebrook Golf Club Pace, Florida University of West Florida, host May 1-2

West: Muskogee Country Club Muskogee, Oklahoma Northeastern State University, host May 1-2

In last year's championship, Rollins College scored a record setting total of 1185 (+17) to win their third straight NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship. Grand Valley's Melissa Sneller shot an even par tournament total of 292 to break another Division II record and win the individual title.

For more information about the 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships, log on to http://www.ncaasports.com/.