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Jeff Kolpack, Published April 30 2012

NDSU's Anderson headed to Colorado for NCAA tournament

FARGO – Colorado has been good to North Dakota State junior Amy Anderson, so she naturally was elated Monday when the NCAA Division I women’s golf tournament field was announced. She’s going back to the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Anderson will play in the West Regional at the Colorado National Golf Club May 10-12 in Erie, Colo. The Summit League champion made the tourney as an at-large qualifier for the third straight year. She’s also not long removed from the U.S. Women’s Open, where she was tied for the lead after the first day in Colorado Springs last summer.

“Great memories, definitely excited to be going back,” Anderson said. “That was my first pick.”

The NCAA tournament is broken into three regionals consisting of 24 teams and six individuals in each. Each regional qualifies eight teams and two other individuals not among the eight teams for the national championship May 22-25 in Franklin, Tenn.

It was a tourney Anderson made last year, finishing 12th in the country with a two-over-par 290 – the best finish in the history of Summit League women’s golf.

She led the Summit this year with a 73.0 scoring average over 25 rounds and broke her personal record for lowest round twice – once with a 67 and then a 66.

“Amy’s had an outstanding season, probably her most consistent from a scoring standpoint,” said NDSU head coach Matt Johnson.

Still, this will not be an easy week. Anderson said she needs to work on a few weaknesses while concentrating on five final exams between today and next Monday. But Monday was a day of enjoyment – a much different feeling two years ago when both she and Johnson were fuzzy with the selection process.

“As a freshman, I had no clue what to expect,” Anderson said. “I’ve had great support from my coach and teammates. Everybody has encouraged me and they’ve had a lot to do with this. I couldn’t ever imagined going to regionals three years in a row.”

Said Johnson: “The first year we did this was a nerve-wracking experience. Last year was less stressful and this year we felt confident this would happen. It’s an easy trip down there and we’re happy with the location.”

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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