Waves Get Through First Round of Spring Season

Grace Na

Feb. 9, 2014

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PALOS VERDES, Calif. - Grace Na shot a 1-over 72 to lead the Pepperdine women's golf team in its first round of the spring season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Sunday.

The Waves, competing against one of the top fields they'll see all season (according to Golfweek/Sagarin, the top four teams are present, as well as seven of the top 10 and 11 of the top 25 teams), are in 11th place after shooting a 301 at the par-71 Palos Verdes Country Club.

Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS), a senior who is a three-time All-American and three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, began her final semester of college golf with a solid round. She's tied for 16th place and had four birdies on the day.

Sophomore Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS), who entered the spring ranked fifth nationally by Golfstat, is tied for 41st place after a 76 along with freshman Alessandra Arza (Asuncion, Paraguay) and junior Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS). Lee, playing as an individual, had two birdies.

Senior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) are tied for 56th place after 77s. Both players recorded two birdies.

The second round is on Monday and the Waves will tee off the 10th hole at 9:15 a.m. along with Arizona State and North Carolina. The third and final round is on Tuesday.

Team Scores: 1. Baylor 286; 2. USC 288; T3. UCLA 290; T3. Duke 290; T5. Washington 292; T5. Arizona 292; T5. Oklahoma 292; 8. Wake Forest 295; 9. Florida 298; 10. Arizona State 300; 11. Pepperdine 301; 12. North Carolina 302; 13. Ohio State 303; 14. Michigan State 304; 15. Texas 307; 16. Oklahoma State 308.

Individual Leaders: 1. Annie Park (USC) 67; T2. Yu Liu (Duke) 68; T2. Louise Gateau-Chovelon (Baylor) 68; 4. Sierra Sims (Wake Forest) 69; 5. Kyung Kim (USC) 70.

Pepperdine Scores: T16. Grace Na 72; T41. Alessandra Arza 76; T41. Marissa Chow 76; T41. * Somin Lee 76; T54. Alina Ching 77; T54. Liv Cheng 77.

* playing as an individual



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