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Roadrunners to tee off at NCAA Central Regional on Thursday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 05/08/2013
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will open play at the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday. The three-day tournament, which will be played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (par 72/6,298 yards) in Norman, Okla., tees off on Thursday.

After earning the school’s first-ever at-large bid to an NCAA postseason event in any sport, the Roadrunners will be appearing in their third consecutive regional. In their first two appearances, the Birds finished in 16th and 20th place.

The event features 16 teams ranked in golfstat.com’s top 50 with No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Oklahoma leading the pack.

Where: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (par 72/6,298 yards) — Norman, Okla.

When: Thursday May 9 — Saturday, May 11

Teams (in order of seed): #3 Duke, #4 Oklahoma, #10 Florida, #13 Arizona State, #25 UC Davis, #24 Texas Tech, #20 NC State, #26 Michigan State, #22 Iowa State, #36 SMU, #35 Campbell, #42 Coastal Carolina, #37 Wake Forest, #45 TCU, #46 Gonzaga, Indiana, UTSA, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Lamar, Illinois State, Detroit, Butler.

Tournament central: SoonerSports.com

Live Stats: golfstat.com


UTSA Lineup
Fabiola Arriaga (Jr. - Torreon, Mexico)
· Earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors
· Recorded five top-10 finishes this season
· Leads the team with a 74.68 stroke average
· Shot a career-low best of 68 in the second round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 24-26)
· 2012 Southland Conference Player of the Year
· Two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection
· Set a program record with a 74.91 stroke average last season

Allie Johnston (Fr. - Castle Rock, Colo.)
· Owns an 79.84 stroke average for the season
· Shot a season-low 230 at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament
· Opened that event with a season-best round of 72
· Rated by Golfweek as the No. 29 recruit in the 2012 class
· Won the 2012 Colorado Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship last summer

Taylor Newlin (Jr. - Frisco, Texas)
· Earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors
· Third on the team with a 76.11 stroke average
· Shot a season-low 216 (72-78-71) at The Alamo Invitational (Oct. 28-30)
· 2011 and 2012 second-team All-Southland Conference
· Her career 76.44 stroke average ranks third in program history
· Has played in all 32 tournaments in the last three seasons

Brogan Townend (Fr. - Blackburn, England)
· Owns a 77.68 stroke average
· Shot a season-best 220, which included a round of 68, at The Alamo Invitational (Oct. 28-30)
· Tied for 18th at the Seminole Match-Up (Feb. 15-17)
· A member of the English National Team
· Two-time runner-up at the Northern Women's Championship
· 2011 Faldo Series Girls Champion

Paola Valerio (Sr. - Mexico City, Mexico)
· Earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors
· Second on the team with a 76.11 stroke average
· Tied for 22nd at The Alamo Invitational (Oct.  28-30), where she carded rounds of 71-73-74 for a season-low 218
· Three-time All-Southland Conference honoree (2010-11 first-team/2012 second-team)
· 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year
· Ranks second in program history with a 76.09 career scoring average
· Has played in a team-high 37 tournaments during her career

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