INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Notre Dame and Louisville women’s golf teams qualified for the 2011 NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals as announced by the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee on Monday. Notre Dame will compete in the Central Regional while Louisville will participate in the East Regional. Additionally, St. John’s freshman Harin Lee will compete at the Central Regional and USF sophomore Shena Yang will compete at the East Regional.
The 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Champion Notre Dame will be the No. 9 seed in the Central Region. The Irish will host the regional at the Warren Golf Club in Notre Dame, Ind., on May 5-7. Notre Dame won its fourth BIG EAST team title and its first since 2008. The Irish finished with a three-round total of 902 to top second-place Louisville by 13 strokes. Four Irish players finished in the top 10 in the individual standings, including freshman Kristina Nhim, who led the team in third place after carding 222 (+6) for the championship. Junior Becca Huffer finished fourth with a 54-hole score of 223 (+7), senior So Hyun Park placed seventh with a score of 229 (+13) and senior Katie Conway placed 11th with a score of 233 (+17).
USF sophomore Shena Yang finished fifth at the BIG EAST Championship, carding 225 (+9) for three rounds to qualify for the regional.
Louisville, which finished second at the 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship, earned the No. 13 seed in the East Regional. The 2011 NCAA East Regional will be held at the LPGA National in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Cardinals have finished in the top two at the BIG EAST Championship in all six seasons that they have been members of the conference. Louisville carded 915 for the championship including a 305 in the final round. The Cardinals were led by sophomore Anna-Karin Ljungstrom, who finished in a tie for first with a three-round total of 221 (+5). Ljungstrom finished second after losing to St. John’s freshman Harin Lee in a playoff.
Lee won the 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Individual Title after four playoff holes, topping Louisville’s Ljungstrom. It was the first time in the history of the women’s golf championship that the individual title was decided in a playoff. Lee is also the first Red Storm player to win the individual title in the 11-year history of the BIG EAST Women’s Championship.
A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.
The championships finals will be held May 18-21 at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas and will be hosted by Texas A&M University, College Station.