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April 25, 2006

USI to make third straight regional appearance

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana women's golf team was selected to play in the NCAA Division II Tournament and the East Regional for the third straight season Monday night. The East Regional is being hosted by the University of Findlay at the Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio, May 1-2.

Each regional consists of six teams and three individuals playing 54 holes. The top two teams and top two individuals not on an advancing team go to the NCAA Division II Championships at The Meadows in Allendale, Michigan, and is being hosted by Grand Valley State University.

USI placed fourth in its first regional appearance in 2003-04 and fifth last season.

As a team this season, the Eagles have averaged 329 strokes per round (based on the best four of five golfers) with a low of 310. The team's best tournament of the year came last fall when the Eagles placed second in the GLVC Championships. USI shot a 630 (320-310) in the 36-hole tournament.

Individually, USI is led by senior Alisha Luigs (Mt. Vernon, Indiana). Luigs, who was second in the GLVC Championships, averaged 77.6 spr and had a low of 70 in the conference tournament.

Luigs is followed on the team by freshman Tara Wiley (Oxford, Indiana), who is averaging 83.9 spr. Wiley posted her best 18-hole score at the GLVC Championships, shooting a 78 in the second round, and 36-hole score of 156 (78-78) in the Northern Kentucky University Spring Invitational.

The three, four, and five players on the team are senior Tara Ulmer (Bluffton, Indiana), freshman Kayla Roark (Waterloo, Indiana), and senior Carly Ellard (Evansville, Indiana). Ulmer is averaging 84.4 spr, while Roark and Ellard are posting nearly identical scores at 86.1 spr and 87.5 spr, respectively.

USI is the fourth seed in the upcoming regional, while Ferris State University is seeded first Grand Valley State University is second Drury University is third Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is fifth and Northern Kentucky University is sixth. The individuals are Kristi Piepenbrink from the University of Indianapolis Jamie Long from Northwood University and Jackie Studor from Northwood University.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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