Na, Women's Golf Lead After First Round of WCC Championships

Grace Na

April 15, 2013

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BREMERTON, Wash. - The Pepperdine women's golf team began its mission for a 12th straight league title by taking a five-stroke lead over Gonzaga after Monday's first round of the West Coast Conference Championships. Also, Grace Na has a one-stroke lead in the individual race and three Waves are in the top four overall.

The Waves shot a 5-over 293 at the par-72 Gold Mountain Golf Club. Gonzaga is at 298 and Brigham Young is 15 shots back at 308. The Waves, Bulldogs and Cougars will tee of the 10th hole beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) won the WCC Championships as a freshman in 2011 and she's off to a good start toward becoming medalist again as a junior. She shot a 2-under 70, which leads Gonzaga's Raychelle Santos by one shot. Na had a team-high four birdies on the day.

Freshman Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) is in third place after an even-par 72, and sophomore Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) made it three Waves in the top four as her 1-over 73 put her in fourth place. Chow had three birdies and three bogeys on the day. Each time she recorded a bogey, she came back with a birdie in the next couple of holes to get her back to par. Ching was 3-over after six holes but played flawless golf the rest of the way, posting 10 pars and two birdies.

Junior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College) and sophomore Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) are tied for 11th place after 78s.

Pepperdine has won 14 of the 16 WCC Championships ever contested. The average margin of victory over the current 11-year winning streak has been 25.5 strokes.

Team Scores: 1. Pepperdine 293; 2. Gonzaga 298; 3. Brigham Young 308; 4. Santa Clara 316; 5. San Francisco 329; 6. CSU Bakersfield 342.

Top Individuals: 1. Grace Na (Pepperdine) 70; 2. Raychelle Santos (Gonzaga) 71; 3. Marissa Chow (Pepperdine) 72; 4. Alina Ching (Pepperdine) 73; T5. Victoria Fallgren (Gonzaga) 74; T5. Lea Garner (BYU) 74.

Other Pepperdine Scores: T11. Liv Cheng 78; T11. Somin Lee 78.



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