Women's Golf Tied for Ninth After Round One of NCAA East Regional
The Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championships in 11 of their previous 15 regional trips.
May 8, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Grace Na shot a 3-under 69 to lead the Pepperdine women's golf team during Thursday's first round of the NCAA East Regional, but the Waves are one stroke out of a top-eight placement that would allow them to move on to the NCAA Championships.
The Waves shot a 2-over 290 at the par-72 SouthWood Golf Course and are tied with host Florida State in ninth place. Only the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Waves and Seminoles are just one stroke behind Texas State, Central Florida and East Tennessee State. Pepperdine is also one stroke ahead of a pair of top-10 ranked teams in South Carolina and Stanford, who are tied for 11th.
Pepperdine will again be paired with Vanderbilt and Central Florida during Friday's second round, and the teams will tee off the first hole at 1:11 p.m. ET / 10:11 a.m. PT. The third and final round is on Saturday.
The 2-over actually tied the fifth-best round ever by Pepperdine at an NCAA Regional.
Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS), a senior who is a four-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a three-time All-American, is tied for ninth place after her opening round. The 36th below-par round of her career moved her within two of the school record. She had a total of six birdies during her round, including five of them coming on her first seven holes.
Sophomore Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) is tied for 19th place after a 1-under 71. Her day began with birdies on her first two holes. Over the final nine holes, she had one birdie and eight pars.
Junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) had a total of five birdies en route to a 1-over 73, putting her into a tie for 46th place. She had three consecutive birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes.
The NCAA Championships will be held May 20-23 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club. Pepperdine has advanced 11 times after its previous 15 trips to regionals. The last time the Waves moved on after being outside the top eight after the first round was 2009.
Team Scores: 1. Vanderbilt 277; 2. Tulane 280; 3. Virginia 283; 4. Duke 284; 5. North Carolina State 286; T6. Texas State 289; T6. Central Florida 289; T6. East Tennessee State 289; T9. Pepperdine 290; T9. Florida State 290; T11. Campbell 291; T11. South Carolina 291; T11. Stanford 291; 14. Auburn 293; T15. Kentucky 295; T15. Louisville 295; 17. Troy 296; T18. Baylor 297; T18. East Carolina 297; 20. Georgia 298; 21. College of Charleston 299; 22. Seton Hall 302; 23. Murray State 307; 24. Alabama State 315.
Individual Leaders: 1. Emily Penttila (Tulane) 65; 2. Celine Boutier (Duke) 67; T3. six players tied at 68.