Women's Golf Begins Play at NCAA Championships

Somin Lee and Laurie Gibbs

May 22, 2012

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Pepperdine women's golf team had a tough start to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday, but with three rounds to play, there's plenty of time for the Waves to end up with what they hope will be another top-10 finish.

The Waves are tied for 22nd place after shooting a 306 at the par-72 Vanderbilt Legends Club. Pepperdine will again be paired with Purdue and Texas for Wednesday's second round, and the groups will begin teeing off the first hole at 7:30 a.m. CT.

"There's a lot of golf ahead so we just have to stay patient and positive," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "We started a little slow, then got it going, and then gave it back. We didn't capitalize on some holes coming in. It's just a matter of believing in ourselves. I know they can do it. They've worked so hard for this and they've got their best golf ahead. I have a lot of faith."

After starting on the 10th tee, the Waves had a few early bogeys, but then put together a string of birdies right before the turn. Over the first nine holes, Pepperdine's four scoring players were only 4-over. But birdies were harder to come by on the second nine holes, and the Waves' score started to go up.

Pepperdine's top scorers on the day were its two freshmen, Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS). Ching is tied for 34th place after a 2-over 74, while Lee is tied for 47th place after a 3-over 75.

Sophomore Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) is tied for 85th place with a 77, while senior Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and sophomore Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) both shot 80 and are tied for 112th place.

Ching and Lee both had three birdies, while Cheng and Na both had one.

Pepperdine is making its 11th appearance at the NCAA Championships, and the Waves are the only non-BCS school among this year's field of 24 teams. The Waves have four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in their history.

Team Scores: 1. Alabama 286; 2. Virginia 288; 3. Duke 289; 4. North Carolina 290; T5. UCLA 292; T5. Arizona State 292; T7. Purdue 293; T7. LSU 293; 9. Oklahoma 294; 10. Michigan State 296; T11. USC 297; T11. Colorado 297; T11. Texas 297; T14. North Carolina State 299; T14. Baylor 299; 16. Tennessee 300; 17. Texas A&M 301; T18. South Carolina 302; T18. Florida 302; T20. Arkansas 303; T20. Ohio State 303; T22. Pepperdine 306; T22. Vanderbilt 306; 24. Stanford 309.

Top Individuals: 1. Portland Rosen (Virginia) 66; 2. Laura Gonzalez (Purdue) 67; T3. Catherine O'Donnell (North Carolina) 68; T3. Brooke Pancake (Alabama) 68; T5. four players tied at 69.

Pepperdine Scores: T34. Alina Ching 74; T47. Somin Lee 75; T85. Liv Cheng 77; T112. Kaitlin Drolson 80; T112. Grace Na 80.



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