LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Auburn women's golf squad, seeded No. 1 at the NCAA Central Regional, claimed their third tournament championship of the spring and second-straight team title at the NCAA Central Regional, which was held at the par 72, 7,072-yard Jerry S. Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas.
The Tigers fired a 5-over, 293, Saturday and won the event with a three-day score of 294-309-293-896. They were the only team to record a three-day score below 900. Senior Diana Ramage claimed her third individual title of the 2004-05 season and fifth of her career, carding two sub-par rounds in the 54 holes. Ramage finished the Central Regional with a 68-77-67--212
'We played solid and consistently all week, and I'm proud of the girls for giving us that effort,' Auburn coach Kim Evans said. 'Diana stepped up in a huge way individually and had one of the biggest individual championships in school history.'
The Tigers will advance to the 30-team NCAA Championships May 17-20 at the Sunriver Resort in Bend, Ore. The top 10 teams from each of the three NCAA Regional sites move onto Oregon for the final event. It will mark the Tigers' 10th appearance in the past 11 years at NCAA Championships, barely missing last year's final cut at the NCAA East Regional.
'This is huge for us to move on and compete at the NCAA Championships,' Evans said. 'We feel like we have gone from worst to first in a year. We didn't dwell on last year's finish, and I just wanted to gear this team towards this season. They've gone out and played well every tournament, winning three this spring including the last two-in-a-row. We're ready to go out to Oregon.'
Along with Auburn, the following nine teams, in order of finish at the Central Regional, made the NCAA Championships: Texas A&M, Missouri, Arizona State, Tulsa, Purdue, Michigan State, Arkansas, Texas and LSU.
Nicole Hage finished tied for 11th overall, firing a 54-hole score of 74-75-75-224 as the only other Tiger to finish in the top 25 of the leaderboard.
Play from the NCAA Championships will begin Tuesday, May 17 and will continue through Friday, May 20.