May 8, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT
Both the College of Charleston women’s golf team and UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams will play in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf East Regional at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., which begins today, May 8th. Live scoring will be available throughout the NCAA postseason tournament.
The 2014 NCAA East Regional will take place May 8-10 and is one of three 54-hole tournaments that will feature 24 teams and six individual entries. The top eight teams and two individuals not part of an advancing team from each of the three regional sites will qualify for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, scheduled to be played May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
The Cougars, who earned the CAA’s automatic NCAA Regionals berth as conference champions in their inaugural membership year, are looking to go further than any other team has since the program’s inception in 1988. Of its four previous regional appearances, CofC finished 22nd at the NCAA East Regional in 2010 in Greenville, S.C., 20th at the NCAA East Regional in 2009 in Gainesville, Fla., 16th at the NCAA East Regional in 2007 in Baton Rouge, La., and 15th at the NCAA East Regional in 2006 in Browns Summit, N.C.
The Cougars opened their historic 2013-14 campaign with a third-place finish at the Cougar Classic finishing two strokes behind of then-No. 14-ranked Florida and No. 21 Clemson at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C. The 20-team field also boasted seven of the nation’s preseason Top 30 teams in then-No. 25 NC State, No. 30 Mississippi State, No. 19 Baylor, No. 20 South Carolina and No. 24 LSU.
The lineup will remain the same as CAA Women’s Golfer and Rookie of the Year Laura Fuenfstueck (Frankfurt, Germany) enters the tournament as the No. 72-ranked player in the country, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s Collegiate Individual Rankings released on April 28.
The freshman phenom, who was ranked as high as No. 33 in the women’s world amateur rankings last summer, currently ranks No. 1 in the CofC women’s golf record books in single-season scoring average (73.21) and single-season eagles made (3). She is joined by All-CAA First Team selection Mary Chandler Bryan (Chapin, S.C.), All-CAA Second Teamer Morgan Webber (Moore, S.C.), sophomore Louise Olsson (Uddeholm, Sweden) and sophomore Julia Neumann (Berlin, Germany). Fuenfstueck and Neumann finished 1-2 on the final day of the CAA Women’s Golf Championship on April 20.
The Cougars won a school single-season record four tournaments and finished eighth-or-better in 11 starts of the season. They turned in their second-lowest round in school history at the fall Cougar Classic carding a second-round 285
Adams is slated to begin the tournament Thursday with an 8:40 a.m. tee time from the No. 1 tee box. She will be paired with Penn State’s Ellen Ceresko and Mercer’s Lacey Fears for the first two rounds before the six individuals are re-seeded based on the score for Saturday’s final round.
A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams heads into the East Regional with a team-low 74.84 stroke average in 26 rounds played during the 2013-14 season, the fifth-lowest single-season stroke average in school history. In nine events thus far, the First-Team All-CAA selection has posted six top-20 results, including three top-10 finishes.
Adams played her best golf of the season during the month of April as she captured her first collegiate title with a four-shot victory at the UNCW Seahawk Classic to close out the regular season and finished tied for 2nd at the CAA Women’s Golf Championship two weeks later to earn All-Tournament Team honors at the event for the third consecutive season.
The first player in program history to be rewarded with an individual entry to an NCAA Regional twice during her career, Adams is just the fourth Seahawk to advance to postseason play as former UNCW standouts Sofia Hagsund (2010), Michelle Jarman (2006) and Nicole Flood (1990) were also selected during their respective careers. With her participation in this week’s regional, Adams becomes just the fourth UNCW player to participate in NCAA Regional competition in all four years of her career, joining Jarman (2003-06), Becky Berzonski (2002-05) and Amelie Farrah (2002-05) on the exclusive list.
Daily recaps will be available on CAASports.com throughout the regional competition.
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