Women's Golf Ready For NCAA Regional

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2010 NCAA West Regional Notes
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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's golf team is settled in and ready to make historyat the NCAA West Regional, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. Stanford's golf course will play at par 71 with a length of 6,103 yards.

Makingtheir first postseason appearance since becoming a varsity program in 2000, the Quakers are scheduled to tee off from the 10th hole at 1:25 p.m. (4:25 Eastern) on Thursday andfrom No. 1 at 8:55 a.m. (11:55 Eastern) on Friday. Saturday's tee times will be determined by each team's standing heading into that final day.

Penn is seeded 23rd out of 24 teams in the West Regional,a field thatfeatures nine of the Top 25 teams and is headlined by No. 1 UCLA and No. 3 Arizona. The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 18-21 at the Country Clubof Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The top two individual players whose teams did not advance will also move on to the NCAA Championships. Two other regionals are taking place this weekend, the East Regional in Greenville, N.C. and the Central Regional in Columbus, Ind.

As it was at the Ivy League Championships, Penn's lineup will feature seniors Catherine Elliott, Meredith Kotowski, and Lisette Vitter; sophomore Tiffany Cheung; and freshman Isabel Han. That group rolled to the Ivy League title, shooting the best team score all three days en route to a 22-stroke victory over second-place Yale. Han finished second overall, while Cheung was third; both of them received first-team All-Ivy honors. Vitter placed sixth overall and was a second-team All-Ivy honoree.

Han will lead the way for Penn on Thursday, teeing off at 1:25. Cheung will follow at 1:36, then Elliott at 1:47 and Kotowski at 1:58. Vitter will round out the group, teeing off at 2:09 p.m. Penn is playing with 22nd-seeded Texas State and 24th-seeded Portland State on Thursday.

Penn's Ivy title was the exclamation point on what has been a stunning uptick in the program's fortunes under second-year head coach Mark Anderson. Consider that last year, Anderson's first, the Quakers went 40-64-1 against Division I programs; this year, Penn is 79-14, with an ECAC fall title to complement the Ivy championship.

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