Maria Elena Villamil
May 7, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. (SMU) - Needing a top-eight finish to qualify for the program's first NCAA Championship berth since 1992, the SMU Mustangs are focused and ready for the NCAA Central Regional at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The three-day, 54-hole event begins Thursday and will conclude Saturday.
"We are very excited to travel to Norman, Okla. and compete at the NCAA Regionals," Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "The bid to NCAAs marks an important step on our path to winning championships at SMU."
The NCAA Regionals will be the second time this season that SMU has played at the Jimmie Austin course. SMU finished fifth at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic hosted by Oklahoma on Oct. 15-17. Alexandra Rossi led the Mustangs, tying for 13th after carding a 68 in her final round, the second-lowest score of the day.
"We played the golf course this fall and the team liked it a lot," Sutherland said. "We will go in with the mindset of SFT (see, feel, trust), which has been our friend all year. We hope to compete well and play our best at Regionals."
Espericueta and Haglund each earned First Team All-Conference USA honors on Thursday.
The selection marks SMU's first appearance as a team at an NCAA Regional since the Mustangs competed at the NCAA Central Regional in 2007.
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 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia and will be hosted by the University of Georgia.
5. Arizona State
7. Texas Tech
8. North Carolina State
9. Michigan State
10. Iowa State
13. Coastal Carolina
14. Wake Forest
19. Mississippi State
22. Illinois State
23. Detroit Mercy
1. Fanny Cnops, UNC-Greensboro
2. Lori Beth Adams, UNC-Wilmington
3. Emma Henrikson, San Diego State
4. Julia Roth, Central Arkansas
5. Paige Spiranic, San Diego State
6. Christine Wong, San Diego State