Women's Golf Takes First-Round Lead at WCC Championships
The Waves are going for WCC title number 18.
PROVO, Utah -- Hira Naveed has a two-shot lead and the Pepperdine women's golf team has opened up an impressive five-stroke advantage thanks to a strong finish at Thursday's first round of the West Coast Conference Championships.
The Waves came in and shot a 3-over 291 at the par-72 Riverside Country Club, outdueling BYU, the higher-ranked team according to Golfstat and the host of this year's event. Over the final three holes, the Waves' four scorers went 2-under while the Cougars were 4-over.
It may be a two-team race at this point with Gonzaga and San Francisco both 16 shots back of the Waves and tied for third place.
Play continues with the second round on Friday, with the leaders teeing off the 10th hole at 8:15 a.m. PT. The third and final round is Saturday.
Naveed (Perth, Australia), a sophomore, was the only player in the field to finish below par with a 1-under 71. She had an early bogey, but posted birdies on 13 and 15 and everything else was par.
Naveed has a two-shot lead over six players who finished with a 1-over 73, which includes junior Tatiana Wijaya (Jakarta, Indonesia) and freshman Momoka Kobori (Rangiora, New Zealand). Wijaya had four birdies on the day, including each of her final two holes. Kobori posted three birdies.
BYU ended Pepperdine's streak of 14 consecutive WCC titles last year, and the Waves are looking to begin a new run here. Pepperdine has won 17 of the 20 WCC Championships ever contested.
Team Standings: 1. Pepperdine 291; 2. BYU 296; T3. Gonzaga 307; T3. San Francisco 307; 5. Santa Clara 309.
Individual Leaders: 1. Hira Naveed (Pepperdine) 71; T2. Momoka Kobori (Pepperdine) 73; T2. Vanessa Ha (San Francisco) 73; T2. Alex White (BYU) 73; T2. Ciera Min (Gonzaga) 73; T2. Tatiana Wijaya (Pepperdine) 73; T2. Rose Huang (BYU) 73.