TAR HEEL GOLF NOTES
CAROLINA IN THE NCAA REGIONALS: The Tar Heels' participation in the 2013 NCAA East Regional marks their 20th appearance in the NCAA Regionals. Carolina has played in the NCAA East Regional 18 times since the regional format was instituted in women's golf in 1993 - 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Carolina's other two appearances have been in the NCAA West Regional in 2008 and 2012. In the Tar Heels' 19 previous Regional appearances, Carolina's top performance came in 2011 when it was the runner-up at the NCAA East Regional played at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Carolina finished in fourth place in 1993 as Tar Heel Kimberly Byham won the individual title by two strokes with a 213 total. Tar Heel Meaghan Francella was the individual medalist at the 2004 NCAA East Regional with a seven-under-par 209 total.
The Tar Heels advanced on to the NCAA Championships from the East Regional 10 times - in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Carolina has been to the NCAA Championship 14 times - 1982, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
THIS YEAR'S EAST REGIONAL: This year's NCAA East Regional will be played at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., with the University of Auburn serving as host. Twenty-four teams and six individuals will compete in the three-day, 54-hole East Regional, May 9-11, for the chance to move on to the NCAA Championships to be played May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on those eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships from each of the three regionals -- the East Regional in Auburn, Ala., the Central Regional in Norman, Okla., and the West Regional in Stanford, Calif.
The teams competing in this year's NCAA East Regional are as follows (listed in order of seed): Alabama, Arkansas, UCLA, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Texas, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas State, Auburn, Central Florida, Penn State, East Carolina, Florida International, Mississippi, East Tennessee State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, James Madison, Eastern Kentucky and Alabama State. The six individual participants in the East are Natalie Wille of Augusta State, Kelly Shon of Princeton, Casey Kennedy of Augusta State, Isabel Southard of Boston College, Shu-Yin Liu of Tulsa and Kristina Merkle of Tulsa..
CAROLINA IN THE POLLS: Carolina is ranked 11th in the latest Golfstat's Rankings and Golf World/WGCA Coaches' Poll and 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings..
CAROLINA'S SPRING CAMPAIGN: Carolina won its first tournament of the spring campaign and has carded four top-10 finishes in five events. The win came at the UCF Challenge and was Carolina's third consecutive win, marking the second time in school history Carolina has won three tournaments in a row, the first time coming in the spring of 1989. The Tar Heels tied for fifth place at the ACC Championships and the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and tied for eighth at the SunTrust Gator Invitational. In its other spring event, Carolina finished 11th at the Bryan National Collegiate.
CAROLINA'S FALL CAMPAIGN: Carolina won two tournaments in the fall and finished in the top 10 in its other two events. The Tar Heels won the final two tournaments of the fall, the Liz Murphey Fall Preview and the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational. Earlier, the Tar Heels tied for ninth place at the Cougar Classic and placed 10th at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
ALL-ACC HONORS: North Carolina placed two players, Casey Grice and Jackie Chang, on the 2013 All-ACC Women's Golf Team. This marks Grice's second consecutive year on the all-conference squad and Chang's first time on the squad.
Brittany Altomare, a senior at Virginia, was selected the ACC Player of the Year while Duke's Celine Boutier was chosen as the ACC Freshman of the Year. Duke's Dan Brooks was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the 13th time in his career.