May 17, 2011
The Vanderbilt women’s golf team will begin competition in their sixth NCAA Championship this Wednesday through Saturday at the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas. It will be the Commodores’ second consecutive trip to their sport’s national championship.
The Commodores, who advanced at the NCAA East Regional in Daytona Beach, Fla., in a sudden-death playoff against Florida State, will play practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, and will tee off at 9:06 a.m. CT off of the 10th tee on Wednesday to begin the championship.
The Commdoores finished seventh in last year’s national championship. This season’s appearance marks Vanderbilt’s first back-to-back appearance in the NCAA Championship since 2002-04, when VU made three consecutive trips to NCAA’s. See Vanderbilt's NCAA history
“Getting here the way we did - through the playoff - has given this team a huge confidence boost,” said Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen. “I've never seen this group so relaxed and excited about playing. It should be an exciting week. There's no doubt that we're playing our best golf of the season and that's what you want in the postseason.”
The Traditions Club will be set up as a par-72, 6,260-yard (2011 NCAA Championship Course Map ) format for the championship. The Commodores played the course earlier this season at the NCAA Fall Preview and finished sixth out of 16 teams (284-290-292=866). Individually, junior Marina Alex finished the tournament with an eight-under par total of 208 (67-71-70), which placed her second out of 93 players, two strokes back of medalist Megan McChrystal of LSU. It was Alex’s best finish of the season and her 54-hole total was a team-best this year.
Vanderbilt will send senior Megan Grehan, junior Marina Alex, sophomores Anna Leigh Keith and Lauren Stratton, and freshman Rene Sobolewski. Alex and Grehan, who were selected to the All-SEC second team, lead the team in stroke average for the season at 73.8 and 74.1 strokes per round, respectively.