UT is sixth seed at NCAA tourney


The Associated Press

Rebecca Lee-Bentham takes a shot during a recent tournament for the Longhorns. The freshman will get her first taste of the NCAA tournament when Texas travels to South Bend, Ind., as the No. 6 seed in the Central Regional.

Stephanie Yarbrough

Seedings for the regional round of the NCAA tournament were announced Monday, and Texas was rewarded for its Big 12 Championship and performance throughout the season with a No. 6 seed in the 2011 Central Regional, which begins May 5 in South Bend, Ind.

The regional, hosted by No. 9 seed Notre Dame, boasts some of the country’s top teams, including UCLA, Duke, LSU and Arkansas — all of which are currently in the top 15 in the most recent Golfweek poll.

Texas already faced UCLA previously this season at The Battle of Rancho Bernardo, where the Longhorns finished tied for eighth with a cumulative score of 50-over compared to the Bruins’ third-place finish at 23-over.

Texas is not the only Big 12 team represented at the regional championship — Oklahoma State also got a bid as the 16th-ranked seed.

This marks the fourth-consecutive postseason appearance by Texas under the direction of head coach Martha Richards and is the 26th overall appearance for the program. Last year, the Longhorns made it all the way to the NCAA championship tournament for the third-consecutive season, finishing 16th out of 24 teams.

The regional will be played at the Warren Golf Course, a par-71 6,744 yard course next to the Notre Dame main campus.

The top eight teams at the regional tournament automatically qualify for the 2011 NCAA women’s golf championship May 18 to 21 at the Traditions Club in College Station. In addition, the top two individuals at Indiana who do not qualify for nationals with a team will also make it to the finals.