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April 28, 2008

Eagles will compete in NCAA II Tournament

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The No. 19 University of Southern Indiana women's golf team is heading to the NCAA II East Region Tournament for the first time since 2006 and the fourth time in the last five years as announced late Monday.

USI will be the sixth seed in the six-team East Regional, which is set for May 5-7 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan. The top two teams along with the top two individuals, that are not members of the top two teams, will advance to the NCAA II Championships that will be held May 13-16 at Memorial Park in Houston, Texas.

The Screaming Eagles' last appearance in the NCAA II East Regional in 2006 produced a fourth-place finish. USI was fifth at the 2005 East Regional and fourth in their first appearance in 2004.

While this will be the first trip to the NCAA II Tournament for many of USI's golfers, it will be the third straight trip for junior Tara Wiley (Oxford, Indiana). Wiley competed as an individual a year ago, finishing 18th with a 19-over-par 235. She was 24th at the 2006 East Regional.

Led by Wiley and sophomore Jess Dooley (Goshen, Indiana), the Eagles are averaging 326.0 strokes per round, less than a stroke off last season's school-record pace (325.1). USI won two tournaments in the fall and was second a week ago at the Lewis Aviator Classic. Both Wiley and Dooley, who have each won an individual title this season, were named to the All-GLVC Team this past weekend.

USI, which is coming off a fourth-place showing at the GLVC Championships, was joined in the field by a pair GLVC schools. The University of Indianapolis is the third seed in the field, while the GLVC Champion, Northern Kentucky University, is the fifth seed in the field.

Grand Valley State University, the tournament host, is the top seed in the field, while Ferris State University is the second seed and California University-Pennsylvania is the fourth seed.

The NCAA II East Regional will consist of three rounds (54 holes), while the NCAA II Championships, which are part of the NCAA II Spring Sports Festival, will consist of four rounds (72 holes).

Dan McDonnell,
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