Women's Golf Team's Comeback Falls Just Short at NCAA West Regional
Grace Na rallied to post her 10th top-20 finish of the season.
May 11, 2013
Needing a top-eight finish to advance to the NCAA Championships, the Waves were in 17th place after the first round and tied for 13th after the second round. After shooting rounds of +19 and +15 the previous two days at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course, they began Saturday knowing that it would probably take close to an even-par round to advance.
As it turned out, the Waves would have needed a 2-over to qualify and a 3-over to force a playoff. They almost did it, carding a 6-over 290, a nine-stroke improvement over the previous day. That gave them a total of 892 (303-299-290), three shots back of Arizona, Oregon and San Jose State, all of whom finished at 889 and tied for sixth place. Also just missing the cut were Baylor (ninth at 890) and Georgia (10th at 891).
Junior Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) and freshman Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) did their best to keep the Waves' season alive, firing scores of a 3-under 68 and a 2-under 69, respectively. Junior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College) also played solid golf on Saturday with a 1-over 72.
Na overcame a slow start to finish in a tie for 18th place with a 5-over 218 (77-73-68). The two-time All-American and three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year finished in the top 20 at all 10 tournaments this year. She was able to extend that streak despite being tied for 69th after the first round and tied for 46th heading into the final round. On Saturday, four of her five birdies came on the back nine.
Chow finished an excellent freshman season in a tie for 26th place with a 7-over 220 (74-77-69). Her final round included four birdies and she ended the day with six straight pars. Cheng played progressively better over the three days and tied for 30th place with an 8-over 221 (75-74-72). She had five birdies on Saturday, including four of them over a six-hole span between #8 and #13.
The Waves missed out on advancing to the NCAA Championships for only the fourth time in the last 15 years.
Advancing Team Scores: 1. USC 290-289-280=859; 2. Purdue 291-286-283=860; 3. Vanderbilt 289-289-291=869; 4. South Carolina 296-285-293=874; 5. Stanford 301-284-290=875; T6. Arizona 300-298-291=889; T6. Oregon 292-297-300=889; T6. San Jose State 301-304-284=889.
Non-Advancing Team Scores: 9. Baylor 295-291-304=890; 10. Georgia 296-299-296=891; 11. Pepperdine 303-299-290=892; T12. Texas A&M 300-302-295=897; T12. LSU 301-300-296=897; T12. Kent State 302-294-301=897; T15. Ohio State 301-299-299=899; T15. UNLV 310-296-293=899; 17. Denver 299-312-289=900; 18. California 297-312-296=905; 19. Florida State 310-304-295=909; 20. Harvard 309-305-299=913; 21. Miami 307-315-305=927; 22. Northern Arizona 307-318-315=940; 23. North Dakota State 309-315-323=947; 24. Long Island 322-324-315=961.
Top Individuals: T1. Annie Park (USC) 67-71-68=206; T1. Paula Reto (Purdue) 71-69-66=206; T3. Kyung Kim (USC) 75-72-63=210; T3. Kendall Martindale (Vanderbilt) 71-71-68=210; T5. Regan De Guzman (San Jose State) 69-72-70=211; T5. Cassy Isagawa (Oregon) 69-70-72=211.