SMU Returns To Tee Box Thursday For NCAA Central Regional
May 6, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team will head to Stillwater, Okla., for the program's sixth NCAA Central Regional, as the Mustangs take part in a three-day 54-hole tournament starting Thursday at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.
HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland
SMU head coach Jeanne Sutherland is in her third season at SMU and is in her 18th as a college coach overall. Sutherland and the Mustangs will play in their second-consecutive NCAA Regional, and the program's sixth overall. Sutherland was a two-time Regional Coach of the Year and a four-time Conference Coach of the Year during her 15 seasons at the helm of Texas A&M's program.
PONIES FOR PAR
In February's Central District Invitational, the Mustangs golfed all three rounds at par or better to finish at one-under, good for fifth place. SMU has golfed four rounds this season at par or better, including a four-under 284 in the opening round of the Betsy Rawls Invitational, eclipsing last year's total of three. The Mustangs' under-par finish at the Central District Invitational was the program's first since finishing six-under at the 2005 Northwestern Invitational.
The Mustangs will take part in their second-straight NCAA Central Regional, and their sixth NCAA Central Regional overall. SMU made its first NCAA Regional berth in 2004, its first postseason appearance since the NCAA started using Regionals in the 90s. A year ago, SMU finished 13th at the central regional at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. The Mustangs top finish in the regional was a ninth-place mark in the 2004 regional at Illinois State University Golf Club. That appearance was the program's first of four-straight.
THE NEXT GOAL
The top eight teams from each of the three regionals will head to Tulsa, Okla., May 20-23 for the 2014 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. Since the NCAA first sponsored women's golf in 1982, the Mustangs have made six appearances in the Championships, with all six coming in an 11-season span between 1982 and 1992. SMU's top NCAA Championship finish came in 1983, when the Mustangs finished fourth in Athens, Ga.
A MUSTANG CHAMPION
Sophomore Jenny Haglund won the Inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship last month, and led the Mustangs to a third-place team finish at the event. Following an opening round four-over 76, the Mustang sophomore finished the conference tournament with back-to-back 71s to win the individual crown by five strokes.
LOOKING TO REKINDLE ONE SHINING MOMENT
The most memorable team in SMU's history, the 1979 AIAW title team, won SMU's only team national championship in Stillwater, Okla. Led by an individual title from Kyle O'Brien, the Mustangs won the national title by 11 strokes, and lifted the trophy just shy of 25 years ago in the very city the Mustangs will visit again this week.