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Golf, Tennis Seasons Continue in NCAA Postseason Play
May 5, 2005

Four ASC teams and one individual continue their 2005 spring sports seasons competing in three NCAA Division III national championships in the next 10 days. Hardin-Simmons is at women's tennis; Mary Hardin-Baylor and McMurry at women's golf; and Texas Lutheran, plus UMHB's Dillon Gooch, are at men's golf.

ASC champion Hardin-Simmons opens play in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship tournament on Sunday at noon (May 8). The Cowgirls (16-6) travel to San Antonio to play SCAC champion Trinity University in the first-round of the national tournament -- the second straight season HSU has met the Tigers in NCAA first-round play. The two teams faced-off once in the 2005 season (April 2) with TU slipping past Hardin-Simmons 5-4. The winner of the HSU/TU match advances to the quarterfinal round hosted by Kalamazoo College (Mich.) May 18-23. The bracket for the final rounds will be posted on May 9 at www.ncaasports.com.

Texas Lutheran is one of 23 teams competing for the NCAA Div. III men's golf national title. Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore Dillon Gooch is one of five individuals selected to join the 120-player championship field. The Division III Men’s Golf National Championship will be played May 9-12 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Texas Lutheran is making its first appearance in the NCAA Championships after competing in 19 NAIA national tournaments. The Bulldogs are the second-ranked team out of the West Region. Gooch, the first UMHB men’s golfer to compete in the NCAA Div. III Championship, posted a 75.3 stroke average this season, won individual titles at the West Region Invitational and the UMHB Fall Invitational, and posted seven top 20 finishes.

The ASC will be represented by two teams at the May 10-13 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship in Southern Pines, N.C. -- conference champion Mary Hardin-Baylor and McMurry, ranked one-two out of Region 5. UMHB is making its fifth straight NCAA national tournament appearance, placing fourth in 2001 and finishing runner-up in each of the last three national tournaments. McMurry will make its third team trip to the national championship, finishing sixth in 2002 and 10th in 2003. Lady Indians All-American Brittany Cary captured the NCAA individual title a year ago in comeback fashion, setting a Division III record with a 2-under par 71 during the third round at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, Wis.

ASC teams and individual student-athletes will also compete in NCAA Division III Championships in softball, baseball and track and field in the second half of the month. The softball tournament field, to be announced May 9, will include ASC champion Louisiana College. Baseball announces the national tournament field on May 16 while competitors for the outdoor track and field nationals will be announced late on May 23.

Highlights of the NCAA Division III spring sports championships will be shown on CBS-TV at 4 p.m. Central time on Saturday, July 2. Information about the national tournaments can be accessed online at www.ncaasports.com.

ASC AT NCAA DIV. III SPRING TEAM/INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Women's Tennis
First Round
May 8 at San Antonio, Texas (Trinity University)
Hardin-Simmons at Trinity (Texas)
Championship Rounds (quarters/semis/finals)
May 18-23 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (Stowe Stadium/Kalamazoo College)

Men's Golf
Championship: May 9-12 at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort)
Texas Lutheran
Individual: Dillon Gooch, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Women's Golf
Championship: May 10-13 at Southern Pines, N.C. (The Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club)
Mary Hardin-Baylor
McMurry

Softball
2005 Tournament Field announced May 9

Baseball
2005 Tournament Field announced May 16

Track & Field (Men/Women)
Championships: May 26-28 at Waverly, Iowa (Wartburg College)
Qualifiers Announced May 23 (10:00 p.m. Central)


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