Waves Improve in Second Round at NCAA Golf Championships

Somin Lee and Leanne Craig

May 23, 2012

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Pepperdine women's golf team's second-round score was an improvement of 13 strokes over its first day at the NCAA Championships, and the team's score of 5-over on Wednesday tied for the eighth-best score of the day.

Pepperdine's now at 599 (306-293), good for a tie for 17th place along with Texas A&M. That's up from a tie for 22nd place after the first round.

Play continues at the par-72 Vanderbilt Legends Club with single rounds on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the Waves will be paired with Florida and Texas A&M, and they'll start at the 10th tee beginning at 8:39 a.m.

"The girls played well, they played really solid," Pepperdine assistant coach Leanne Craig said. "We actually made a few more birdies today, which was nice, and we didn't have any big holes, which was something we struggled with coming home yesterday. They just played a really solid round, and there's still room for improvement, so I think tomorrow we can do even better and keep moving up the leaderboard."

Everyone on the team posted a better score on Wednesday than they did on Tuesday. Three players - sophomore Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) and freshmen Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) - led the way with 1-over 73s.

Ching has a 3-over 147 (74-73), which puts her into a tie for 32nd place. She had two birdies on Wednesday.

Lee is one stroke behind with a 4-over 148 (75-73), good for a tie for 42nd place. She tied the team high on the day with three birdies.

Na had the greatest improvement among the Waves and is now at 153 (80-73), tied for 82nd place. She collected two birdies during her round. Sophomore Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand), who had three birdies today, is also tied for 82nd at 153 (77-76). Senior Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) also improved significantly and is at 154 (80-74), tied for 89th.



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 286-285=571; T2. UCLA 292-290=582; T2. North Carolina 290-292=582; T2. Virginia 288-294=582; T5. Arizona State 292-291=583; T5. South Carolina 302-281=583; 7. USC 297-288=585; 8. LSU 293-294=587; 9. Purdue 293-295=588; 10. Vanderbilt 306-284=590; 11. Duke 289-302=591; 12. Texas 297-295=592; T13. North Carolina State 299-294=593; T13. Oklahoma 294-299=593; T15. Colorado 297-298=595; T15. Florida 302-293=595; T17. Pepperdine 306-293=599; T17. Texas A&M 301-298=599; 19. Baylor 299-304=603; 20. Arkansas 303-301=604; T21. Michigan State 296-311=607; T21. Tennessee 300-307=607; 23. Ohio State 303-307=610; 24. Stanford 309-304=613.

Top Individuals: 1. Brooke Pancake (Alabama) 68-70=138; 2. Giulia Molinaro (Arizona State) 69-71=140; T3. Katie Burnett (South Carolina) 74-67=141; T3. Brittany Marchand (North Carolina State) 71-70=141; T3. Portland Rosen (Virginia) 66-75=141.

Pepperdine Scores: T32. Alina Ching 74-73=147; T42. Somin Lee 75-73=148; T82. Liv Cheng 77-76=153; T82. Grace Na 80-73=153; T89. Kaitlin Drolson 80-74=154.

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