NCAA Regional Selections
PHILADELPHIA - The good times keep on coming for the members of the Penn women's golf team, who found out this afternoon thatthey made the NCAA West Regional field. The Quakers are one of 24 teams and three individuals that will play in the West Regional, to be hosted by Stanford University at the Stanford Golf Course from May 6-8.
It was a banner day for Penn, which earlier in the day was named Team of the Week by Golfweek.com and had a record three players named to the All-Ivy teams.
This will be Penn's first appearance in the postseason in women's golf; the programbecame a varsityin 2000. The Quakers earned the regional bid by winning the Ivy League Championships team title this past weekend at Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J. Penn went wire-to-wire in the event and defeated second-place Yale by 22 strokes.
"It's very exciting for the program," said second-year head coach Mark Anderson. "This will be a great experience for all of our players, and we played the Stanford course over spring break so the women know what to expect.
"I told them when we found out, 'it doesn't matter how you finish, because it will be the best finish at NCAAs in program history,' he continued. "There is no pressure, we can just go out there and do our best to make good things happen."
The NCAA hosts three regionals of 24 teams and three individuals; from each of those fields, the top eight teams and the top two individual players from non-qualifying teams advance to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, which will be hosted by UNC-Wilmington and take place May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall.
Penn's lineup at the Ivy Championships included seniors Catherine Elliott, Meredith Kotowski and Lisette Vitter; sophomore Tiffany Cheung; and freshman Isabel Han.
"I am so proud and happy for our three seniors," said Anderson. "The three of them played really well on the final nine holes at the Ivy Championships, they really bore down. This is their reward. It is a great finish to what has been a real roller-coaster career for them. They can look at each other now and say, 'hey, we got more work to do.'"