News & ToursMay 10, 2009

Winners/losers from Women's Regionals

Recapping NCAA D-I Women's Regionals, here are the biggest winners and losers from this week's tournaments.

__WINNERS

  1. Arizona State

__The Sun Devils broke a school record with their 22-under 842 showing at the West Regional to secure their 18th straight trip to nationals. The top-ranked team in the country might have been playing at home, but their 19-stroke win over USC sent a statement to the rest of the college golf world.

__2. UCLA

__Not to be outdone by ASU, the Bruins posted their own 19-stroke triumph at the Central Regional. You could make the argument that UCLA's performance was the more impressive, seeing that they had to travel to Columbus (rather than play at home) and that they played in tougher weather conditions (high winds prevented any team from breaking 300 on the final day).

__3. Chattanooga

__In just their second year as a varsity program, the Lady Mocs make it to nationals, finishing eighth at the Central Regional.

4. Jane Chin

UC Irvine's fifth-year senior finishes T-3 at the West Regional, meaning she still hasn't posted worse than a T-7 finish all season. Her dark horse bid to be player of the year remains very much alive as she heads to Caves Valley GC.

__5. National freshman of the year race

__Strong finishes from UCLA's Stephanie Kono (second at Central Regional), USC's Jennifer Song (second at West Regional) and Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall (T-10 at Central Regional) mean the tight competition for top rookie honors won't be settled until after nationals.

__6. Sally Austin

__Retiring North Carolina coach gets to take one more team to nationals.

__LOSERS

  1. Auburn

__The SEC champions looked like they were on a roll entering the East Regional, with three straight wins helping them earn their No. 1 seed. But a 24-over 304 in the first round was too much for the Tigers to make up as they miss out on nationals.

__2. Candace Schepperle

__Without a chance to make noise at nationals, the Auburn junior's chances at winning national player of the year have likely disappeared.

__3. Arkansas/California/Texas A&M

__Trying to secure the final spot in the West, the three schools shot five over, four over and seven over on their final four holes respectively to finish, ninth, ninth and 11th. (Pepperdine finsihed one under to get the eighth spot.)

__4. Lizette Salas

__A T-18 showing at the West Regional is still very respectable but it's her first finish outside the top 10 all season. It's just enough of a slip from her performances earlier in the year to drop her back to co-favorite with Purdue's Maria Hernandez for player of the year.

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