Monday, April 29, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Alabama women’s golf team earned an invitation into the NCAA postseason field on Monday afternoon when the Tide was selected as one of 21 teams to play in the NCAA East Regional in Baton Rouge, La., on May 9-11.
Alabama’s selection to the regional field marks the Tide’s second consecutive appearance in the NCAA postseason. This will be UA’s seventh all-time NCAA Tournament trip and the fourth as a team in the last six years.
A total of 63 teams and nine individual golfers comprise the fields of the three NCAA Regional events. The Crimson Tide joins eight other schools from the Southeastern Conference in the group of teams headed to the East Regional. The tournament is being played at the LSU University Club, a course Alabama played at a little less than a month ago (Apr. 5-7) during the LSU-Cleveland Golf Classic.
“These girls have played and prepared very well in the second half of the season and I am so proud of their tireless efforts,” said UA head coach Betty Palmer, who is taking her sixth Tide squad to an NCAA Regional. “We will continue practicing and preparing for this stage of the NCAA Championships in order to reach our ultimate goal which is to qualify for the NCAA Championship Tournament in Seattle, Wash.”
Most of the Tide’ travel squad has NCAA experience thanks to last year’s appearance at the Central Regional. Senior All-American Sarah Johnston will be making her third trip to an NCAA Regional of her career having qualified as an individual for the 1999 NCAA East tournament. Freshman Darby Sligh and junior Erica Boozman will both be making their NCAA debuts at this year’s event.
All three regionals will be held on the weekend of May 9-11 with the top eight teams and two individuals not on one of those squads in each regional advancing to the NCAA Championship event being held on May 21-24 at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.