Ching Off to Good Start at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
Alina Ching had two birdies and a double-bogey on the front nine, then did the exact same on the back nine.
Feb. 13, 2012
Alina Ching of the Pepperdine women's golf team had an impressive first-round showing at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Monday, as her even-par 71 has put her into a tie for seventh place.
Competing against a powerhouse field at the par-71 Palos Verdes Golf Club, the Waves are in seventh place as a team after an opening-round 300. All 15 teams are in Golfstat's top 50, including 10 in the top 25. The Waves, ranked 34th, are currently ahead of seven higher-ranked squads.
Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) had two birdies and a double-bogey on the front nine, then did the exact same on the back nine. The score of even-par was her best round of the season.
Freshman Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) is tied for 29th place at 75, sophomores Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) and Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) are tied for 48th place at 77 and senior Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 65th place at 81. Competing as an individual, sophomore Danielle Gillaspy (Santa Maria, Calif./St. Joseph's HS) is tied for 71st at 82.
Lee had three birdies during her round, while Cheng, Gillaspy and Drolson each had one.
Play continues with the second round on Tuesday, and the third and final round on Wednesday.
Team Scores: 1. UCLA 284; 2. Duke 292; 3. Denver 295; T4. Florida State 296; T4. Ohio State 296; 6. USC 297; 7. Pepperdine 300; T8. Arizona State 302; T8. Michigan State 302; T8. Florida 302; 11. Colorado 303; 12. Oregon 304; T13. Wake Forest 310; T13. Oklahoma 310; 15. UC Davis 312.
Top Individuals: 1. Rachael Walton (Denver) 67; 2. Lindy Duncan (Duke) 69; T3. Susana Benavides (Ohio State) 70; T3. Alejandra Cangrejo (Duke) 70; T3. Lee Lopez (UCLA) 70; T3. Maria Salinas (Florida State) 70.
* playing as an individual