Schuldt & Miller Qualify for NCAA Central Regional
April 28, 2014
Champaign, Ill. – The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee announced Monday that senior Ember Schuldt and freshman Stephanie Miller have been selected to play in the NCAA Central Regional Championships from May 8-10. The event will be held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma, hosted by Oklahoma State.
“It’s very exciting for both of them and they are looking forward to playing, competing, and advancing,” said Illinois head coach Renee Slone. “Especially for Ember as she is the first player in school history to advance to Regionals three times – twice with the team and once individually. We will have a great week of preparation."
Schuldt is coming off of a great spring season after recording a career best at the Big Ten Championships with a sixth place showing. Schuldt tied the third lowest round total in school history when she tallied a 67 (-5) in the first round of the Web.com Intercollegiate. In addition, the senior has posted a 75.17 stroke average this spring.
Miller will get her first taste at post-season play. She has had a very strong start to her career at Illinois, including capturing the individual crown at the Diane Thomason Invitational during the fall season. Miller finished in the top-25 in the field in her first six touranments with the Orange and Blue, while averaging 76 strokes per round with a low round of 70 this spring.
Schuldt and Miller have led the Illini in 10 of its 11 tournaments over the past year. The duo have posted six scores on the top-10 all-time lowest round list and have combined for 12 rounds under par as well.
“Neither Ember, Stephanie, or myself have seen the course yet, but assistant coach Jenny Coluccio has,” said Slone. “She will be able to provide a lot of beneficial information that will help us prepare. She will know the things to key in on and focus in on in order to work on those specific areas to get ready for that particular golf course."
The postseason will consist of three regional tournaments, with 24 teams and six individuals at each site. The low eight teams, and two individuals not on a qualifying team, will advance to the finals held on May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla.
NCAA Central Regional Field
6. Oklahoma State
8. North Carolina
9. Ohio State
10. Miami (Fla.)
11. Mississippi State
13. Kent State
22. Wichita State
1. Aurora Kan, Purdue
2. Sanna Nuutinen, TCU
3. Jenna Hague, Ball State
4. Ember Schuldt, Illinois
5. Kimmie Hill, Texas Tech
6. Stephanie Miller, Illinois