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College Sports

April 11, 2014

NSU women golfers 4th in regional rankings

The No. 23-ranked Northeastern State women’s golf team earned an initial ranking of No. 4 in the NCAA Central Region, the National Collegiate Athletics Association announced Thursday.

The NCAA Division II women’s golf super regional competition will be conducted May 4-6. Each super regional will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently with nine teams and four individuals from non-qualifying teams at each site. All participants will compete throughout the 54 holes of competition. The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships.

This year’s NCAA Central Super Regional will be held at Tartan Park Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn. The next set of regional rankings will be released April 17, and the final NCAA Selection Show will be held at 2 p.m. April 28.

NSU earned a final Central Region ranking of No. 3 last season and qualified for the NCAA Super Regional for the 12th time in the last 14 years. The RiverHawks went on to finish third at the event and advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since 2007. NSU placed eighth at the national championship.

Northeastern State will compete at the 2014 MIAA Championship April 21-23 in Lawrence, Kan., at the Alvamar Country Club.

NSU men 6th in region

The Northeastern State men’s golf team earned an initial ranking of No. 6 in the NCAA Central Region, the National Collegiate Athletics Association announced April 4.

The top 10 programs from the Central Region will join the top 10 teams from the Midwest Region at the 2014 NCAA Central/Midwest Super Regional May 5-7. The tournament will be contested at the Fox Run Golf Course in Eureka, Mo., and will determine the five representatives that will advance to the NCAA Championship May 19-24.

The next set of regional rankings will be released April 11, and the final NCAA Selection Show will be held at 3 p.m. April 25.

NSU earned a final central region ranking of No. 5 last season and qualified for the NCAA Super Regional for the 13th time in the last 14 years. The RiverHawks went on to finish seventh at the event, landing a mere four strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championship final site.

The race for the 2014 MIAA Championship is heating up, as NSU moved up into third place following last week’s event in Oklahoma City. The RiverHawks have amassed 27 points through three events and sit five points behind leader Central Missouri (32 points). Nebraska-Kearney is second with 29 points and Lindenwood is fourth (26 points).

The three regular-season designated MIAA tournaments were the UNK Fall Invitational (Sept. 9-10), the UCM Invitational (Oct. 7-8) and the UCO Broncho Invitational (March 31-April 1). Teams that finish first at designated MIAA events receive 12 points, second place receives 11 points, third place receives 10 points, etc. NSU posted finishes of sixth (7 points), third (10) and third (10) at the first three tournaments. Points double at the MIAA Championship.

Junior Brad Hager vaulted into 11th place in the individual standings by tying for second at the UCO Broncho Invitational. The top 15 individuals earn All-MIAA honors. Junior Brent Williamson is currently 19th with 7.0 points, and freshman Tate Williamson is 21st with 5.75 points.

Northeastern State will compete at the 2014 MIAA Championship April 21-23 in Lawrence, Kan., at the Alvamar Country Club.

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