Newton Ready For NCAA East Regional

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Abby Newton will represent Ole Miss at the 2014 NCAA East Regional this week in Tallahassee, Fla.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Abby Newton will represent Ole Miss at the 2014 NCAA East Regional this week in Tallahassee, Fla.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 7, 2014

TWITTER: @OleMissWGolf
FACEBOOK: OleMissWGolf

East Region Live Scoring | East Region Website | Pairings |

Stonewood Golf Course | Newton Fact Sheet

OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore Ole Miss women’s golfer Abby Newton opens action at the 2014 NCAA East Regional on Thursday (May 8) at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla. The regional runs through Saturday (May 10) and is hosted by Florida State University. The event will be played at Southwood Golf Course, which is a par 72 and 6,257 yards.

Newton is coming off a strong sophomore campaign in which she posted three top 20 finishes and a top 10 finish at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz. The Katy, Texas native led Ole Miss with a 74.73 stroke average and was the Rebels top finisher in six events. Newton is making her second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and first as an individual this week.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to represent Ole Miss at the NCAA Regionals,” said Newton. I’m glad to have finals behind me and I’m ready to compete at the highest level in Florida.”

Newton is one of 378 participants selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals, which will be held May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional to the championship finals.

Head coach Michele Drinkard has seen Newton’s game improve throughout the course of the season especially in the area of her short game.

“The most improvement I have seen in Abby’s game this year is definitely her short game and commitment to Aim Point putting,” said Drinkard.  “We have introduced her to several shots around the green to help increase her choices. Her distant wedge control into greens has also improved which is a crucial area to scoring on par 5’s. Abby has also improved her Aim Point putting. Coach (Janell) Howland has really worked with her on that and I am seeing her putting with more confidence.  Every time she sets up a putt now they look like they can all disappear to the bottom of the cup. ” 

Newton enters the NCAA Regional on the heels of a 28th place finish at the 2014 SEC Championships (April 18-20). She led the Rebels throughout the competition and posted a 74 in second round action.

“After SEC Championship Abby and I talked about the Championship and what she needed to improve before the NCAA Regional Tournament and we both agreed it was ball striking,” said Drinkard.   “We focused on feeling a tighter swing and reducing the length of her swing naturally from her lower body instead of feeling an artificial stopping point with her shoulders.   Getting back this feeling allows her to a swing at a more comfortable tempo, which also allows her to be more aggressive.”

The Southeastern Conference leads the nation in participating teams in this year's NCAA Women's Golf Championships. 

The SEC has supplied the most entrants in the team field for at least the past seven years (including tying with what was then the PAC-10 Conference with nine schools in 2008). 

All told, 12 of 14 SEC teams earned Regional bids this spring.

This will be the seventh consecutive year Ole Miss has had representation at the NCAA Regionals and the first time the Rebels will be sending an individual since 2008.  For just the second time in the last seven years, the Rebels will be sending an individual and although it’s a little easier logistically, the process remains the same 

“Playing as an Individual is a little less hectic than with the team,” said Drinkard. “But I am sure if you asked Abby she would take a little more hectic to have her teammates here too.  Time management becomes much easier as an individual, but the process still stays the same.  Get a good practice round in to set up strategy, practice the short game shots needed for success and lastly learn and commit to the speed of the greens.”  

The NCAA Championship finals will be held in Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa Country Club May 20-23.

East Regional Participants
1. Duke University
2. University of South Carolina, Columbia
3. Stanford University
4. Vanderbilt University
5. Pepperdine
6. University of Central Florida
7. University of Virginia
8. Auburn University
9. North Carolina State University
10. Florida State University
11. University of Kentucky
12. Tulane University
13. University of Louisville
14. Baylor University
15. East Tennessee State University
16. University of Georgia
17. Campbell University
18. East Carolina University
19. Texas State University-San Marcos
20. College of Charleston
21. Troy University
22. Murray State University
23. Seton Hall University
24. Alabama State University 

Individuals:
1. Lori Beth Adams, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
2. Ellen Ceresko, Penn State University
3. Lacey Fears, Mercer University
4. Kaew Preamchuen, Kennesaw State University
5. Abby Newton, Ole Miss
6. Christina Vosters, Penn State University

For all Ole Miss women’s golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWGolf and on Facebook at Ole Miss Women’s Golf.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 25

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more

    • Prewitt Caps Impressive Week at Senior Bowl

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Football

      Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more

    • VIDEO: Home is Ole Miss

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss Football: Home is Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Omaha Challenge

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Challenge 2014 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rivalry Game with NCAA Tournament Implications

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more

    • Prewitt, Golson Impress at Senior Bowl Practices

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Football

       Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 13-19, 2015)

      Monday, January 19, 2015 - Athletics

      Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever by an opponent in Bud Walton Arena.... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 18

      Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more

    • Key Stretch Starts with Tough Test in LSU

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more

    • Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 Rankings

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 6-12, 2015)

      Monday, January 12, 2015 - Athletics

      Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while winning back-to-back SEC games for the first... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 11

      Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more

    • Rebels to Open SEC Play ' in Grand Fashion'

      Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015)

      Monday, January 5, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 29, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015Football- The No. 9 Ole Miss football team finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record, its best since 2009, after a 42-3 defeat to No. 6 TCU in the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 4

      Sunday, January 4, 2015 - Athletics

      Observations from the Best Seat in the House is back, having taken a week off for the Christmas holidays and traveled to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The football team finished the season in a "New Year's Six" bowl,... read more