Na, Women's Golf Both Take Second-Round Lead in Hawaii
Grace Na will try for her sixth career title on Wednesday and her second straight victory at this tournament.
March 25, 2014
KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii - The second-best round of Grace Na's career moved her one big step closer to a successful defense of her 2013 Anuenue Spring Break Classic title, while the Pepperdine women's golf team has built a three-shot lead after Tuesday's second round.
#8 Pepperdine and #7 Washington - the two highest-ranked teams in the field - began the day tied for first place, but the Waves moved in front late in the round and ended up with a 1-under 287 for the day and a 1-over 577 (290-287) for the tournament. The third and final round at the par-72 Kapalua Bay Course is on Wednesday. It's looking like a two-team race for the title as the third-place squad, UC Davis (594), is 14 shots back of the Huskies (580) and 17 back of the Waves.
Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) began the day tied with two other players but a 6-under 66 has given her a six-stroke lead heading into the final round with an 8-under 136 (70-66). Na had par on her first three holes and in each of her last six. In between, she had seven birdies and one bogey during a nine-hole stretch. She recorded four consecutive birdies on holes six, seven, eight and nine.
Na, a senior who is a three-time All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year, is aiming for her sixth career title. She shot a 10-under 206 in winning last year's Anuenue Spring Break Classic. Her score of 6-under tied the seventh-best 18-hole score in program history, and her 8-under tied the fourth-best 36-hole score.
Sophomore Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) is tied for seventh place with a 2-over 146 (72-74). She had three birdies on the day. Senior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) made a big charge, moving all the way from a tie for 26th to a tie for ninth with a 3-over 147 (76-71). Her 1-under on Tuesday included two birdies and just one bogey.
Freshman Alessandra Arza (Asuncion, Paraguay) is tied for 14th at 150 (73-77) and junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) is tied for 20th at 151 (75-76). Both players had two birdies on Tuesday.
Pepperdine is trying for its third team win of the season. The Waves won the Dick McGuire Invitational and Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall, and they're coming off a second-place result at their own Bruin Wave Invitational.
This is the final regular-season event for the Waves, who will next be in action at the West Coast Conference Championships on April 14-16 in Bremerton, Wash.
Team Scores: 1. Pepperdine 290-287=577; 2. Washington 290-290=580; 3. UC Davis 298-296=594; 4. Santa Clara 301-301=602; 5. San Jose State 296-307=603; 6. Colorado 301-303=604; 7. Mississippi 303-302=605; 8. Oregon State 307-303=610; 9. Fresno State 308-306=614; T10. Long Beach State 309-306=615; T10. Hawaii 307-308=615; 12. Cal Poly 317-306=623; 13. Seattle 318-307=625; 14. UC Riverside 316-316=632; 15. Nevada 320-313=633.
Individual Leaders: 1. Grace Na (Pepperdine) 70-66=136; T2. Betty Chen (UC Davis) 70-72=142; T2. Ying Luo (Washington) 70-72=142; 4. Jennifer Yang (Washington) 72-71=143; 5. SooBin Kim (Washington) 74-70=144.