Bears headed to Erie, Colo. for second NCAA postseason appearance
April 30, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Following its come-from-behind victory at the 2012 State Farm-Missouri Valley Conference Championships last weekend, the Missouri State women's golf team earned an NCAA postseason appearance for just the second time in school history. On Monday evening (April 30), the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee announced the Bears as the No. 22 seed in the NCAA West Regional in Erie, Colo.
Head coach Kevin Kane and his group of golfers gathered inside of a meeting room at Forysthe Athletic Center to watch the live stream of the selection show on the coach's laptop.
"It's going to be a great experience," Kane said after the selection show. "I would have been happy with wherever they sent us, but I was pulling for Colorado."
The Bears got their wish and will play at the Colorado National Golf Club, May 10-12. Of the 24 teams competing in the West Regional, half were automatic qualifiers after winning their respective conference tournaments.
Other teams that will play in Erie include (seed order): UCLA, LSU, North Carolina, Colorado, California, Baylor, Pepperdine, UC Davis, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Tulsa, TCU, Iowa State, Stanford, Denver, UNLV, New Mexico, Oregon State, Illinois, Kennesaw State, San Jose State, Northern Colorado and Jackson State.
The three regional tournaments will be conducted May 10-12 to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition. The other sites include the East Regional in State College, Pa. and the Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio.
A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional for the NCAA Championships, played May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
If Missouri State advances to Franklin, it would mark the first time in program history that the Bears have moved past the regional round. In 2001, the Missouri State women's golf squad advanced to the West Regional in Corvallis, Ore. and placed 19th out of 21 teams. Freshman Keeley Dolan was the Bears' highest finisher tying for 45th place.
"We'll just go there and see what happens," Kane added. "It's like the NCAA Basketball Tournament; it seems like there is always one or two cinderellas. That will be the message: every year there is a cinderella, so why not us?"