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April 27, 2004

USI women’s golf receives first NCAA II Tournament bid as a team

The University of Southern Indiana women’s golf team has received an invitation and a bid to play in the NCAA Division II East Regional Tuesday and Wednesday, May 4-5. The 54-hole regional will be held at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Michigan, and hosted by Ferris State University.

The Screaming Eagles are currently ranked 18th nationally by Golf Stat and third in the East Region.

This appearance in the 2004 East Regional will be USI women’s golf’s first as a team. Sophomore Amanda Zehner advanced to the regional as an individual as a freshman last spring.

The regional field will include Grand Valley State University, Northern Kentucky University, USI, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the University of Indianapolis, and Ferris State University. The top two teams and the top two individuals not on an advancing team advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship held in conjunction with the first-ever Division II Sports Festival in Orlando, Florida. The women’s golf championship tournament, which is a 72-hole tournament, will be held at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, Florida, May 12-15. (Longwood is 14 miles north of Orlando.)

USI, which was second in the GLVC Tournament last fall, is led by Zehner and freshman Megan Pendergraff, both from Henderson, Kentucky. Zehner leads the squad with an 80 strokes per round (spr) average, while Pendergraff is right behind with an average 80.4 spr.

Pendergraff got off to a fast start in 2003-04, setting a USI 36-hole record with a 151 (76-75) at the Cardinal Classic hosted by Ball State University and led the team during the fall with an average 79.9 spr during the fall season. Zehner broke Pendergraff 36-hole mark during the spring with a 149 (73-76) at the Northern Kentucky Invitational and led the squad with an average 79.3 spr during the spring.

Zehner also set the USI single round record with a 73 at the Cardinal Classic and the Northern Kentucky Invitational.

Pendergraff and Zehner are followed by a pair of seniors – Jennifer Beaman (Evansville, Indiana) and Brandi Irvin (Benton, Illinois) – who are having career seasons. Beaman has averaged 84.0 spr this year, 9.2 strokes under her career average, while Irvin is averaging 84.4 spr, 7.2 below her career mark.

Sophomore Tara Ulmer (Bluffton, Indiana) rounds out USI’s top five. Ulmer has improved 10 strokes over her freshman season with an 84.5 spr average and recorded a pair of 79s at the GLVC Tournament last fall to tie for eighth with Zehner.

In order to be considered for selection to the national championships, teams and individuals must have played a minimum of 15 18-hole rounds including a minimum of four rounds in the spring. The individuals and teams were selected to the championships based upon a complete review of all the following criteria (within region): head-to-head competition within regions, results versus common opponents, scoring average (adjusted scoring average and team and individual score versus par), strength of schedule (number of teams in tournament, rounds of competition and overall strength of tournament fields) and spring results compared to fall results.

The top six in each region that met the criteria along with the top three individuals (Jessica Harbin, Bellarmine University Jamie Long, Northwood University and Jamie Pettinga (Northwood University) not with a team were selected for regional competition.

East Regional
1. Grand Valley State University
2. Northern Kentucky University
3. University of Southern Indiana
4. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
5. University of Indianapolis
6. Ferris State University

1. Jessica Harbin, Bellarmine University
2. Jamie Long, Northwood University
3. Jamie Pettinga, Northwood University

Tournament Schedule:
May 4 (36 Holes)

Teams 1-3: Tee-Time 8:09 a.m.
Teams 4-6: Tee-Tim

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