Kent State women's golf team opens West Regional play Thursday

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The Kent State women's golf team will compete in its 13th NCAA Regional beginning today when the Golden Flashes head to Stanford, Calif., for the 2013 NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course.

Kent State seeks to advance to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in program history. This year's final will be held in Athens, Ga., on May 21-24.

The Flashes' most recent NCAA appearance came in 2010 with a 22nd-place national finish. A runner-up finish at the 2003 Central Regional remains the best regional finish in program history.

The Flashes are the No. 21 seed in the 24-team field. The top-eight teams, as well as the top two individuals not on any of those teams, will advance the NCAA Championships. A year ago, Kent State finished 16th at the East Regional.

The 54-hole tournament gets under way with today's opening round. Kent State will begin at No. 1, with tee times beginning at 3:55 p.m. The Flashes are scheduled for an 11:25 a.m. tee time on No. 10 for Friday's second round and tee times for Saturday's final round will be determined based on the team standings at the conclusion of Friday.

The Stanford Course will play as at par-71 and 6,130 yards. This will be the second time Kent State has played the course. The Flashes finished eighth in a 16-team field at the Stanford Intercollegiate in October of the 2011-12 season.

Sophomore Jennifer Ha shot 217 to finish in a tie for 35th and had the lowest round of her career with a 69 in the second round.

Kent State took first-place at the MAC Championships two weeks ago for its 15th consecutive conference crown. The Flashes held a 28-stroke advantage over Eastern Michigan and Toledo, who tied for runner-up honors. It marked the second tournament victory of the season for the Flashes, who won the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate at the end of March.

Ha became just the seventh player in conference history to earn MAC Golfer of the Year and MAC Championships medalist honors in the same season after shooting 6-over, 222 (76-72-74) at the conference tournament.

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