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        FAYETTEVILLE -- For the second consecutive season the University of Arkansas women's golf team earned a selection to the NCAA Central Regional Championship it was announced Monday.
        In a selection call hosted by the NCAA, the 29th-ranked Lady Razorbacks learned they would travel to Illinois State in Normal, Ill., for the regional championship May 6-8 at the University Club course.
        "I believe the team has gotten over the 'regionals' thing and that they fully expect to not only qualify but move on this year," said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. "We just sat and listened to the conference call together and it was nice not to have to be too nervous. We basically knew where we would fit into the picture. The next hump is definitely expecting to move through regionals. We are getting there and there is no question that if we play solid golf, we will make it."
        The Lady Razorbacks enter the regional as the No. 10 team in the NCAA Central this year. The NCAA seeded the top 15 teams in the nation splitting them into groups of five at each of the three regionals.
        Third-ranked nationally and Southeastern Conference opponent Vanderbilt is the top team in the Central Region. Other top 15 nationally ranked teams at the Central Region are No. 4 New Mexico, No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Southern California and No. 15 Oklahoma which round out the top five teams at the Central event.
        Michigan State enters in the No. 6 spot followed by Tulsa, Missouri, Texas Christian and Arkansas in the regional top 10. Closing out the field are Texas A&M, Kansas State, Indiana, Southern Methodist, Kent State, Purdue, Northwestern, Baylor, Notre Dame, Princeton and host Illinois State.
        The top eight teams from each of the three regionals advance to the NCAA Championship hosted by Auburn University, May 18-21.
        The Lady Razorbacks make their second regional trip under second-year head coach Hester. Last year, Arkansas finished tied for 15th at the University of Nebraska-hosted event.
        All five Lady Razorbacks who competed in that event are back this year. Three of those five, sophomores Courtney Mahon and Amanda McCurdy and senior Melissa Murray, will travel again this year. Also traveling this year are juniors Sarah Trew and Gena Johnson.
        "I feel that we played some our best golf in the fall," added Hester. "I'm not sure why we have struggled some this spring other than the fact that sometimes when you improve a lot you plateau at some point before you move into the next stage of improvement. I think we have to continue to 'stretch' our comfort zones. I'm sure there are athletes on this team that never expected to be ranked in the top 30--then we get there--what's next. It's hard to keep increasing expectations but we are working on it."
        Stetson University and the Central Florida Sports Commission are co-hosting the East Regional at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., while Stanford University is hosting the West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course.
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2004 NCAA Central Regional Championship
University Club, Illinois State, host
Normal, Ill.

#3 Vanderbilt
#4 New Mexico
#9 Arizona
#10 USC
#15 Oklahoma
6. Michigan State
7. Tulsa
8. Missouri
9. Texas Christian
11. Texas A&M
12. Kansas State
13. Indiana
14. Southern Methodist
15. Kent State
16. Purdue
17. Northwestern
18. Baylor
19. Notre Dame
20. Princeton
21. Illinois State

2004 NCAA West Regional Championship
Stanford Golf Course, Stanford University, host
Stanford, Calif.

#5 Ohio State
#8 California
#11 Georgia
#14 Texas
6. Washington
7. Stanford
8. Pepperdine
9. Arizona State
10. Oregon
11. San Francisco
12. New Mexico State
13. San Diego State
14. San Jose State
15. Brigham Young
16. Texas Tech
17. Denver
18. Washington State
19. Portland State
20. CS-Northridge
21. Oral Roberts

2004 NCAA East Regional Championship
Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort, Stetson University, host
Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

#1 Duke
#6 Auburn
#7 Oklahoma State
#12 Wake Forest
#13 UNLV
6. Florida
7. North Carolina
8. Tulane
9. Louisiana State
10. Tennessee
11. Furman
12. South Carolina
13. Florida State
14. Mississippi
15. UNC-Wilmington
16. Alabama
17. Miami
18. NC State
19. Campbell
20. St. Francis
21. Southern University

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