May 4, 2011

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AUBURN, Wash. --- The Texas A&M women’s golf team will be battling for a berth in the NCAA Div. I Championships at the NCAA West Regional Thursday through Saturday at the University of Washington’s Washington National Golf Club.
 
The top eight team finishers, plus two low individuals not on the top eight teams, will earn a trip to Aggieland for the NCAA Championships, which will be hosted by Texas A&M at the Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas May 18-21. The West Regional is one of three regional qualifiers across the country, with the other two regionals being in Notre Dame, Ind., and Daytona Beach, Fla.
 
The Aggies are seeded ninth at the West Regional with the field consisting of (in order of seed with Golfstat ranking) No. 1 USC, No. 6 Virginia, No. 7 Arizona, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 19 Pepperdine, No. 15 Iowa State, No. 23 UC Davis, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Tulsa, Denver, San Diego State, Brigham Young, New Mexico, Texas-San Antonio, Portland State, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Oral Roberts and UTEP. Individuals competing at the West Regional are: Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho; Teo Poplawski, Idaho; Amy Anderson, North Dakota State; Brianna Espinoza, Colorado State; Jessica Hollandsworth, Maryland; and Chelsey Cothran, Baylor.
 
Last year the Aggies advanced out of the West Regional hosted by Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., and went on to finish 11th at the NCAA Championships. The Aggies are coming off a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championships in Columbia, Mo., April 22-24. The Aggies made a final round charge with 1-under 287, but fell three shots shy of a second straight conference championship.
 
The Aggies will make their bid for a chance to compete at the NCAA Championships on their home course with a lineup of: senior Sarah Beth Davis and Susy Grunden, and freshmen Katerina Ruzickova and Natalie Reeves. Zwartynski and Davis are the only members of the Aggie lineup with NCAA experience.
 
All five Aggies have stroke averages under 76 with Ruzickova leading the way with a 73.37 average in 27 rounds, which is on pace to rank as the fourth-best stroke average in school history. Rounding out the Aggies’ stroke averages are Davis (74.71), Zwartynski (74.81), Grunden (75.17) and Reeves (75.71).