INDIANAPOLIS -- The West Texas A&M women’s golf team has been selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf West Regional Championship, according to a release from the NCAA on Monday.
It is the first time since 2012 that the Lady Buffs have been awarded a regional berth as a team, and the fifth time in school history (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012). The Lady Buffs have had individuals earn berths in 2004, 2005, 2011 and last season as then-freshman Glory Jangthongsiri earned a spot in the regional after winning the 2013 Lone Star Conference individual championship.
“The team has worked very diligently this year,” WT head women’s coach Meredith Jameson said. “At the semester, we were ranked 12th in the region and, with only nine teams comprising the regional tournament, they knew each tournament this spring would be critical in bumping us up. In January, the team made a commitment to each other to focus more on the process and continually working to strengthen our weaknesses. I’m proud of their commitments and sincerely hope that they go into the regional tournament with the same mentality that has led them this far.”
The women’s golf 2014 West Regional will be conducted May 5-7 at the Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas. Dallas Baptist is the host of the regional. The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with an advancing team will move on to the national championship, which scheduled for May 14-17 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C. Lenoir-Rhyne University will serve as the host of the championships.
“Walnut Creek Country Club is a nice track that has some elements of both traditional and links designs,” Jameson added. “I feel confident about the layout and expect the ladies to put themselves in good scoring position with smart course management.”
The 2014 West Region field includes top-seeded St. Edward’s, followed by LSC-member Tarleton State, California Baptist (No. 3), Dallas Baptist (No. 4), Chico State (No. 5), LSC-member Midwestern State (No. 6), Hawaii-Hilo (No. 7), the Lady Buffs (No. 8) and Cal State East Bay (No. 9).
In addition, four individuals also are in the field as Audra Kepler of Cal State-Monterey Bay, Hee-Leina Kim of Colorado State-Pueblo, Chantry McMahan of LSC-member Texas A&M-Commerce and Kristen Hansen of Western Washington.
The Lady Buffs are coming off of a second-place finish at the Lone Star Conference Women’s Golf Championships, Apr. 21-22 at Ram Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay. WT carded rounds of 322 and 314 to finish second with a 636 score, three strokes ahead of Midwestern State. Jangthongsiri, now a sophomore, finished second with a 151 score on round of 77 and 74.