Madeleine Sheils will compete at the NCAA Central Regional, May 10-12.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Sheils Earns NCAA Regional Berth

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - Nebraska's Madeleine Sheils claimed a spot as an individual in the Central Regional of the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Tournament when the regional fields were announced on Monday night.

Sheils, a senior from Boise, Idaho, captured one of 18 overall individual selections into the NCAA Tournament field, which is also made up of 72 teams. Sheils will be one of six individuals playing alongside of 24 teams at the NCAA Central Regional on The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, May 10-12.

Sheils, who is coming off a tie for third at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament, could benefit from recent experience on The Scarlet Course, after the Huskers closed the regular season at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational hosted by Ohio State, April 21-22.

Sheils heads to the NCAA Central Regional hoping to extend one of the best individual seasons in school history. Nebraska's leader throughout the season, Sheils has produced the third-best stroke average in school history (74.24) while capturing seven top-10 finishes on the year among her nine top-20 performances in 11 tournaments. She won the individual crown at the 2011 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., during the fall season when she fired a then-school-record 67.

She has carded six rounds better than par this season, including four in her last nine competitive rounds. She closed the Big Ten Tournament with back-to-back rounds of 71 to propel her to Nebraska's best individual conference tournament performance since 2007.

Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 10-12 to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies apply.

A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.

The championships finals will be held May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., and will be hosted by Vanderbilt. The regional sites and the selected teams and individuals are listed below.

East Regional
The East regional will be played at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa., and will be hosted by Penn State. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the school.

Alabama Michigan State (Big Ten)
Arizona Oklahoma State
Arizona State Oral Roberts (Summit League)
Augusta State Northwestern
Campbell (Big South) San Diego State
Chattanooga (Southern) South Carolina
Duke (Atlantic Coast) Texas
Florida Texas A&M
Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley) Tulane
Kent State (Mid-American) UCF
LIU Brooklyn (Northeast) Wake Forest
Maryland Washington
Individual, SchoolIndividual, School
Fanny Cnops, UNC-Greensboro Katie Mundy, FIU
Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State Michelle Piyapattra, Columbia
Kelly Shon, Princeton Laura Wearn, Furman

Central Regional
The Central regional will be played at the Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, with Ohio State serving as host. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the school.

Arkansas Ohio State
Auburn (Southeastern) Oregon
Butler (Horizon League) Purdue
East Carolina Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
Florida State South Florida (Big East)
Georgia Southern California
Harvard (Ivy League) Tennessee
Kentucky Texas State
Mississippi UTSA (Southland)
North Carolina State Vanderbilt
UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association) Virginia
Notre Dame Michigan
Individual, SchoolIndividual, School
Madeleine Sheils, Nebraska Brittany Henderson, Costal Carolina
Alex Buelow, Stetson Leticia Ras-Anderica, Miami (Fla.)
Rika Park, Miami (Fla.) Gabriella Wahl, East Tennessee State

West Regional
The West regional will be played at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., with Colorado playing host. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.

Baylor Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
California (Pac-12) Oklahoma (Big 12)
Colorado Oregon State
Denver (Sun Belt) Pepperdine (West Coast)
Illinois San Jose State (Western Atlantic)
Iowa State Stanford
Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic) TCU (Mountain West)
Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun) Texas Tech
LSU Tulsa (Conference USA)
Missouri State (Missouri Valley) UC Davis (Big West)
New Mexico UCLA
North Carolina UNLV
Individual, SchoolIndividual, School
Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho Maggie Yuan, BYU
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State Brianna Espinoza, Colorado State
Amy Anderson, North Dakota State Demi Mak, New Mexico State


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