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Monday April 29, 2013Gator Women Receive At-Large Bid for Central Regional of 2013 NCAA Championship

Gainesville, Fla.

The fifth-ranked University of Florida women’s golf team was announced as part of the field for the 2013 NCAA Central Women’s Golf Regional tournament by the NCAA late Monday night.

The Gators, who will compete as the three-seed in the regional field, will be attempting to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 24th time in school history and have its first back-to-back-to-back appearances since the ’96 through ’98 seasons. Florida has now received a bid to participate in an NCAA regional in 20 of the 21 years that the current format began in 1993, only missing out in 1999.

The NCAA Central Regional will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma and will be played on the par 72, 6,020 yard, Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman, Okla.

The Central Regional will include seven teams that won its respective conference tournaments and nine teams that are currently ranked in the top-25 of the GolfWord/WGCA Coaches’ Poll including: No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Florida, No. 10 Washington, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 18 Texas Tech, No. 20 UC Davis and No. 25 Iowa State. Also in this year’s field, only Florida and Mississippi State will be representing the SEC.

Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 9-11 to determine the championship field. Along with the Central Regional, the East Regional will be played at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., hosted by Auburn University and the West Regional will be played at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., hosted by Stanford University.

A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. The championship finals will be held May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

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NCAA Central Regional Field

1. Duke (ACC champion)
2. Oklahoma
3. Florida
4. Washington
5. Arizona State
6. UC Davis (Big West champion)
7. Texas Tech
8. North Carolina State
9. Michigan State
10. Iowa State
11. Southern Methodist
12. Campbell
13. Coastal Carolina (Big South champion)
14. Wake Forest
15. TCU
16. Gonzaga
17. Indiana
18. UTSA
19. Mississippi State
20. Wisconsin
21. Lamar (Southland champion)
22. Illinois State (Missouri Valley champion)
23. Detroit (Horizon League champion)
24. Butler (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion)

Individual Participants

1. Fanny Cnops (UNC-Greensboro)
2. Lori Beth Adams (UNC-Wilmington)
3. Emma Henrikson (San Diego State)
4. Julia Roth (Central Arkansas)
5. Paige Spiranic (San Diego State)
6. Christine Wong (San Diego State)

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