AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State's Natalie Wille and Casey Kennedy earned at-large bids to the NCAA East Regional Monday night when the field of 72 teams and 378 individuals was announced from the NCAA's headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.
A senior from Balsta, Sweden, Wille (pronounced VEE-luh) has registered one of the top seasons in the Lady Jaguar Golf program's 12-year history. Wille paced the squad in stroke average (73.8) and in nine events, she posted eight top-20 finishes and six top-10's and five top-5's. In five spring events, her worst finish was a tie for the 13th in the Lady Buckeye Invitational.
She captured the Central District Invitational for her second collegiate victory in March and made a hole-in-one during the tourney. In her first round of the spring season, she fired a career-best 5-under 67 in the UCF Challenge. Wille finished the regular season ranked 49th in the nation, according to Golfstat.
Kennedy, a junior from Cape May, N.J., was nearly as impressive and ranked second on the squad to Wille in stroke average (74.38). She notched eight top-25 finishes in 10 events, including five top 20's, three top 10's and two top-5's. She won medalist honors at the Purdue Mount Vintage Invitational and carded a career-best, 5-under 67 in opening round of UCF Challenge. In five spring events, her worst finish was a tie for 25th in ASU's own Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate. Kennedy was ranked 83rd in the nation.
The NCAA East Regional will be contested May 9-11 at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on an advancing team from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, which are slated for May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
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(hosted by Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.) May 9-11, 2013 Teams University of Alabama (Southeastern Conference) University of Arkansas, Fayetteville University of California, Los Angeles University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University of Virginia Oklahoma State University (Big 12 Conference) Tulane University (Conference USA) University of Texas at Austin University of Notre Dame (Big East Conference) Northwestern University (Big Ten Conference) University of Tennessee, Knoxville University of Kentucky Texas State University- San Marcos Auburn University University of Central Florida Pennsylvania State University East Carolina University Florida International University (Sun Belt Conference) University of Mississippi East Tennessee State University (Atlantic Sun Conference) University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (Southern Conference) James Madison University (Colonial Athletic Association) Eastern Kentucky University (Ohio Valley Conference) Alabama State University (Southwestern Athletic Conference) Individuals Natalie Wille, Augusta State University Kelly Shon, Princeton University Casey Kennedy, Augusta State University Isabel Southard, Boston College Shu-Yin Liu, University of Tulsa Kristina Merkle, University of Tulsa
(hosted by Jimmie Austin Golf Club in Norman, Okla.) May 9-11, 2013 Teams Duke University (Atlantic Coast Conference) University of Oklahoma University of Florida University of Washington Arizona State University University of California, Davis (Big West Conference) Texas Tech University North Carolina State University Michigan State University Iowa State University Southern Methodist University Campbell University Coastal Carolina University (Big South Conference) Wake Forest University Texas Christian University Gonzaga University Indiana University, Bloomington University of Texas San Antonio Mississippi State University University of Wisconsin, Madison Lamar University (Southland Conference) Illinois State University (Missouri Valley Conference) University of Detroit Mercy (Horizon League) Butler University (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Individuals Fanny Cnops, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Lori Beth Adams, University of North Carolina, Wilmington Emma Henrikson, San Diego State University Julia Roth, University of Central Arkansas Paige Spiranic, San Diego State University Christine Wong, San Diego State University
(hosted by Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.) May 9-11, 2013 Teams University of Southern California (Pac-12 Conference) University of Arizona Vanderbilt University Purdue University Stanford University University of Georgia Baylor University Texas A&M University, College Station Pepperdine University (West Coast Conference) Louisiana State University University of Denver (Western Athletic Conference) University of South Carolina, Columbia The Ohio State University University of Oregon University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Mountain West Conference) University of California, Berkeley Florida State University University of Miami (Florida) San Jose State University Harvard University (The Ivy League) Kent State University (Mid-American Conference) Northern Arizona University (Big Sky Conference) North Dakota State University (The Summit League) Long Island University (Northeast Conference) Individuals Laura Wearn, Furman University Jennifer Coleman, University of Colorado, Boulder Sammi Stevens, University of New Mexico A Ram Choi, Portland State University Luciane Lee, University of California, Irvine Michelle Park, University of California, Irvine
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