Women's Golf Has Season End at NCAA East Regional
Grace Na tied for seventh place to lead the Waves.
May 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Pepperdine women's golf team suffered a heartbreaking end to its season on Saturday as the Waves finished in ninth place at the NCAA East Regional, just one stroke behind eighth-place Campbell.
Equally saddening was the end of senior Grace Na's career, as the three-time All-American and four-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year came up just short of advancing to the NCAA Championships when she lost in a playoff for the final individual spot.
The Waves shot a 293 on Saturday at the par-72 SouthWood Golf Course and finished with a 16-over 880 (290-297-293). For a while it didn't appear that the Waves would be that close to a top-eight finish, but once Pepperdine's round was done, at least a couple of teams still on the course during the morning wave faltered coming down the stretch. Campbell almost did the same, but finished with a 298 on the day and a total of 879, allowing the Camels to hold on and edge Pepperdine for the eighth and final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships.
When the morning wave finished, it still looked good for Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) to advance as one of the top two low-scoring players from the non-qualifying teams. She and East Tennessee State's Gabriella Wahl both finished with 4-under 212s, and there wasn't another player still on the course within several strokes.
However, Baylor's Hayley Davis shot a 5-under 67 in the afternoon, allowing her to finish in a tie for second place with a 6-under 210 and jumping her ahead of both Na and Wahl.
After sitting and waiting for several hours for the afternoon wave to finish, Na and Wahl went back out to the course for a playoff that would determine the second qualifier. Unfortunately for the Na and the Waves, Wahl eagled the par-5 fourth hole to win the playoff.
Na wound up in a tie for seventh place with her 4-under 212 (69-72-71). Her 1-under 71 on Saturday included three birdies. It was the 37th below-par round of her career, leaving Na just one shy of the school record held by Katherine Hull. It was her 14th of the season, tying her with Hull for the most ever in one season.
Na ends her Pepperdine career as the school's all-time leader in scoring average (72.88) and she broke her own school record for single-season scoring average in 2013-14 (71.73). On the other career charts, she finishes second in victories (six), third in top 20 finishes (30) and fourth in top 10 results (21).
Also wrapping up a very good sophomore year was Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS). She tied for 22nd place with a 1-over 216 (71-72-73). Chow recorded 17 pars and just one bogey during her final round. She lowered her season scoring average to 72.83, which ranks #6 on the school's single-season records list.
Senior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) tied for 79th place at 227 (77-75-75), junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) tied for 89th at 228 (73-78-77) and junior Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) tied for 103rd at 231 (78-79-74). Ching had three birdies and Lee had two on Saturday.
Team Scores: 1. Vanderbilt 277-289-274=840; 2. South Carolina 291-283-280=854; T3. North Carolina State 286-294-280=860; T3. Duke 284-288-288=860; 5. Stanford 291-286-289=866; 6. Virginia 283-292-294=869; 7. Tulane 280-294-297=871; 8. Campbell 291-290-298=879; 9. Pepperdine 290-297-293=880; 10. Baylor 297-300-284=881; T11. Florida State 290-295-297=882; T11. East Tennessee State 289-300-293=882; 13. Texas State 289-299-297=885; 14. East Carolina 297-295-294=886; 15. Auburn 293-301-293=887; 16. Georgia 298-296-294=888; 17. Central Florida 289-303-298=890; 18. Louisville 295-301-300=896; 19. Kentucky 295-304-299=898; 20. Troy 296-308-303=907; 21. Seton Hall 302-301-309=912; 22. College of Charleston 299-308-307=914; 23. Murray State 307-316-310=933; 24. Alabama State 315-314-308=937.
Individual Leaders: 1. Jenny Hahn (Vanderbilt) 68-73-66=207; T2. Hayley Davis (Baylor) 72-71-67=210; T2. Kendall Martindale (Vanderbilt) 72-71-67=210; T4. Justine Dreher (South Carolina) 75-70-66=211; T4. Irina Gabasa (Vanderbilt) 70-72-69=211; T4. Augusta James (North Carolina State) 69-73-69=211.