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April 18, 2006

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina women’s golf team is one of the top teams in the nation according to the most recent Golfweek rankings, as the publication has the Gamecocks ranked 25th nationally in its current poll. Carolina is also ranked by Golfstat this week, as the Gamecocks are 24th in that poll. In addition, sophomore Whitney Simons has cracked into the list of the top 100 players nationally, as Golfweek has her ranked 95th after the Aiken native finished in a tie for 16th at the Southeastern Conference Championship.

After finishing eighth at the SEC Championship, South Carolina now awaits word on what seed it will be for the upcoming NCAA Regional Championships, which are set to be played from May 11-13. The NCAA Regional Championships are broken into three regions (East, Central and West), with 21 teams competing in each region. The top eight teams from each region, plus the top two individuals advance to the NCAA Championship, set to be played May 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio. The East Regional will be played in Browns Summit, N.C., with the Central Regional played in Bryan, Texas and the West Regional set for Auburn, Wash.

Carolina has competed at the NCAA Regional Championship 10 times in 11 years under head coach Kristi Coggins and has advanced to the NCAA Championship six times under Coggins.