May 11, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming senior JordanLintz shot at opening round 79 on Thursday at the 2000 NCAA West RegionalWomen's Golf Championship and is in a tie for 79th place out of 126competitors. The West Regional is being played at the Karsten Golf Courseon the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Lintz is ninestrokes back of leaders Stacy Prammanasudh and Maiko Senda, both of theUniversity of Tulsa, who shot opening rounds of 70.
"Jordan was fighting her swing a little bit today," said UW women'sgolf coach Jill Johnson. "But she seemed to find her rhythm a little bittoward the end of the round. Jordan has been busy taking finals andfinishing class projects the past few days, so she wasn't able to get out onthe course as much as she would have liked, but she remains in contention toadvance on to the NCAA Championships. This is just the first of threerounds, and I know Jordan learned a lot about this course today.
"The conditions were very difficult today. The wind was reallyblowing, and the pin positions on the greens were extremely difficult.Jordan played her usual consistent game off the tee -- she didn't' miss manyfairways. But the difficulty today was hitting the greens. Hitting greensis usually a strength of Jordan's, but with the winds and the difficultgreens, she only hit seven greens in regulation. Jordan is an intelligentand consistent player, and now that she's played her first round I expecther to shoot a lower score tomorrow."
The team leader in the 24-team field is Tulsa with an opening roundscore of 294, two strokes ahead of the University of Arizona. Brigham Youngof the Mountain West Conference is in 18th place out of 24 teams with a teamscore of 310, and New Mexico is in 22nd place at 318.
The NCAA West Regional is composed of the West and Far WestDistricts. Wyoming is in the West District. Eleven teams and twoindividuals were selected from the West District to play in the WestRegional. Lintz, along with Kristen McLaren of UTEP were the twoindividuals from the West District selected. The 11 teams selected from theWest District in the order of their selection were: New Mexico State,Oklahoma State, New Mexico, Texas, Tulsa, TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri,Baylor and Texas Tech.
Thirteen teams and four individuals were chosen from the Far WestDistrict. The four individuals selected from the Far West District were:Angie Yoon of Nevada, Acey Erlandson of Boise State, Emily Arnaud of SanFrancisco and Heather Rollo of San Diego State. The 13 teams selected fromthe Far West in the order of their selection were: Arizona, USC, ArizonaState, Stanford, Pepperdine, San Jose State, UCLA, California, Oregon,Washington, Oregon State, Brigham Young and Washington State.
Lintz captured the 2000 Mountain West Conference individualchampionship on April 26, winning by three strokes over Carrie Summerhays ofBrigham Young. Lintz was also selected to the MWC All-Conference team. Inaddition to Lintz, Heather Rollo of San Diego State is the only otherindividual from the Mountain West selected, and New Mexico and BrighamYoung are the only two teams from the MWC to be chosen for the WestRegional. New Mexico won the 2000 MWC team title, and BYU finished second.
Lintz is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, andwill begin the final round at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. The KarstenGolf Course in Tempe, Ariz., plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,131 yards.
The NCAA East Regional is also being played May 11-13. The EastRegional is being contested at Ohio State University. The NCAA Championshipwill be held May 24-27 at the Crosswater Course at the Sunriver Resort inSunriver, Ore., with Oregon State University serving as host. Eleven teamsand three individuals will move on to the NCAA Championship from the WestRegional and 11 teams and three individuals from the East Regional will moveon to the Championship. In addition, two remaining teams will move on tothe NCAA Championship. Those two teams will come from the Regional with themost teams ranked in the final Top 24.