May 17, 2011
BRYAN, Texas --- The Texas A&M women's golf team will get a rare opportunity this week when the Aggies become the first host school to play in the NCAA Div. I Women's Golf Championships since 2003.
Texas A&M and the Traditions Golf Club will host the NCAA Championships, which will run Wednesday through Saturday with play starting each day at 8 a.m. The Aggies will battle a field of 126 of college golf's finest players from 30 schools from around the country. The Aggies will begin teeing off at 9:06 a.m. on Wednesday from the 10th tee box, and will be paired with players from Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. Live results are available ONLY at NCAA.com
The Aggies are the first school to compete in the NCAA Championship on their home track since Purdue placed 12th on their home course in 2003. Aggie head coach Sarah Beth Davis and Susy Grunden and freshmen Katerina Ruzickova and Natalie Reeves. Zwartynski and Davis are the lone veterans of NCAA Championship play with Zwartynski seeing action in 2008 and 2010 and Davis competing in last year's national tournament.
The Aggies are in the NCAA Championships for the second straight season and the third time in McCombs' four seasons in Aggieland. The Aggie placed 11th at last year's tournament in Wilmington, N.C., and tied for sixth in 2008 in Alburquerque, N.M.
"We missed top 10 last year by one shot," McCombs said. "We very well could have been top 10 last year. We let a few shots go at the end, but anytime you finish in the top 10 at the national championships in a field like this, you feel successful."
It will be the final competition of Zwartynski's illustrious career at Texas A&M, which includes four straight appearances in NCAA play, including three trips to the final site, and a Big 12 team championship. Zwartynski's clutch 10-foot par putt clinches A&M's Big 12 victory in 2010.
"I couldn't ask for another more than the chance to finish my career at the NCAA Championships on my home course," Zwartynski said. "I actually had a dream (Sunday) night that we did NOT make it and I was bawling in my dream. It's going to be amazing to have all these Aggie fans out here. We know the course better than anyone so we have a little bit of an advantage. It sets up great for us and I'm really excited about the opportunity that we have."
Teams competing in the Championships are:
Duke (individual player only)
Florida State (individual player only)
Georgia (individual player only)
Michigan State (individual player only)
North Dakota State (individual player only)
Tulane (individual player only)