Women's Golf in 10th Place After Two Rounds of East Regional
The Waves have some ground to make up as they try to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
May 9, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Grace Na and Marissa Chow shot even-par 72s to lead the Pepperdine women's golf team during Friday's second round at the NCAA East Regional, but a rough finish has set the Waves back in their bid to advance to the NCAA Championships.
After a 9-over 297, Pepperdine slipped to 10th place with a total of 587 (290-297) at the par-72 SouthWood Golf Course. The Waves need to get into the top eight, but they'll head into Saturday's final round six shots back of eighth-place Campbell and two back of ninth-place Florida State.
The Waves will tee off on Saturday at 7:45 a.m. ET / 4:45 a.m. PT along with Texas State and East Tennessee State.
After a good start, the Waves had climbed as high as fifth place on the team leaderboard. The Waves' top four players had a combined score of 4-under after each had played 10 holes. But on the final eight holes, Pepperdine's five players had a combined total of 14-over.
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 fourth place with a 3-under 141 (69-72). Her even-par score on Friday included two birdies. If Pepperdine doesn't qualify as a team, Na could be in line to advance as an individual to the NCAA Championships. The top two players on non-qualifying teams will go on, and right now, that would be Na and Florida State's Matilda Castren, both of whom are at 3-under.
Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) is tied for 15th place with a 1-under 143 (71-72). The sophomore had five birdies during her round today.
Junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) is tied for 75th place at 151 (73-78), senior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) is tied for 84th at 152 (77-75) and junior Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) is tied for 109th at 157 (78-79). Cheng and Lee each had three birdies on Friday.
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 second round was 2009.
Team Scores: 1. Vanderbilt 277-289=566; 2. Duke 284-288=572; T3. Tulane 280-294=574; T3. South Carolina 291-283=574; 5. Virginia 283-292=575; 6. Stanford 291-286=577; 7. North Carolina State 286-294=580; 8. Campbell 291-290=581; 9. Florida State 290-295=585; 10. Pepperdine 290-297=587; 11. Texas State 289-299=588; 12. East Tennessee State 289-300=589; T13. Central Florida 289-303=592; T13. East Carolina 297-295=592; T15. Georgia 298-296=594; T15. Auburn 293-301=594; 17. Louisville 295-301=596; 18. Baylor 297-300=597; 19. Kentucky 295-304=599; 20. Seton Hall 302-301=603; 21. Troy 296-308=604; 22. College of Charleston 299-308=607; 23. Murray State 307-316=623; 24. Alabama State 315-314=629.
Individual Leaders: 1. Mariah Stackhouse (Stanford) 68-71=139; T2. Celine Boutier (Duke) 67-73=140; T2. Sandy Choi (Duke) 72-68=140; T4. Matilda Castren (Florida State) 69-72=141; T4. Simin Feng (Vanderbilt) 68-73=141; T4. Jenny Hahn (Vanderbilt) 68-73=141; T4. Grace Na (Pepperdine) 69-72=141.