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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

College notebook: Women's Regionals

Several area players wrapped up the golf season with last weekend's regionals. Other area players are still alive as the NCAA National Championships loom next week.

Only the top eight teams and two individuals not on a selected team advance for a shot at a national title May 18-21 in Bryan, Texas. Just the Florida Gators made it through from the in-state schools.

Here's how those players fared:


  • Former Manatee High standout Maria Ronderos completed a stellar career at the University of Miami with a 239 total in the 54-hole tournament.
  • University of South Florida sophomore Shena Yang fared better, but a 226 total still wasn't enough to make it past the regional stage.
  • The University of Florida women's team, featuring five former IMG Academy standouts, is moving on. The Gators' top three players during the East Regional - Mia Piccio, Isabelle Lendl and Andrea Watts - all crafted their game in Bradenton at IMG. They finished 7th with an 880 team total to secure a berth into the Division I finals.
  • Florida State University wasn't as fortunate as its in-state rivals. The Seminoles tied Vanderbilt for the last spot, but lost out to the Commodores in a playoff. Jessica Negron, though, qualified as an individual.
  • Notre Dame senior So-Hyun Park, who is a Bradenton Prep alum, is heading to the National Championships after the Fighting Irish finished 5th in the Central Regional.
  • Duke freshman Laetitia Beck's season ended along with her Blue Devil teammates. Beck, who attended the Pendleton School at IMG Academies by way of Israel, posted a 228 total as Duke tallied a 913 to finish in 9th place - four shots behind the Cheyenne Woods-led Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
  • Michigan's Caramia Sitompul is a former Bradenton Prep standout, like Park. However, she isn't joining Park at the Division I finals, because the Wolverines finished 18th. Sitompul tied for 85th with a 238 total.
  • The Wolverines Big Ten arch rival, Ohio State, is marching on with the help of a former IMG Academy standout. Susana Benavides carded a 227 total as the Buckeyes No. 2 player at the Central Regional, which locked up a 6th place finish and berth into next week's NCAA Championships.

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