Women's Golf Takes Share of First-Round Lead at Golfweek Event

Grace Na

Sept. 24, 2012

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VAIL, Colo. - The Pepperdine women's golf team jumped out to a share of the first-round lead at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Monday, and three Waves are in the top seven, including Grace Na in a tie for second.

The Waves shot a 2-under 286 and are tied with Oklahoma atop the leaderboard at the par-72 Fazio Course at the Red Sky Golf Club. UC Davis is in third, six shots back. Play continues with single rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 25-26).

"It was a good day for us," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "I am very proud of the girls."

Three Waves posted sub-par scores, led by Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS). The junior, a two-time All-American, had a 3-under 69 that included five birdies, including four on the front nine. Na is tied with two other players and is one shot back of the leader, 2012 NCAA champion Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma.

Sophomores Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) got off to good starts, as the duo both shot 1-under 71s today and are tied for seventh place. Ching had seven birdies on the day and Lee had six.

Additionally, junior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) is tied for 28th place at 75 and freshman Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) is tied for 52nd place at 78.

Team Scores: T1. Pepperdine 286; T1. Oklahoma 286; 3. UC Davis 292; T4. East Tennessee State 298; T4. Campbell 298; 6. Mississippi 300; 7. San Diego State 302; T8. San Jose State 303; T8. Nebraska 303; 10. Florida State 304; T11. Denver 305; T11. South Florida 305; T11. Furman 305; 14. UTSA 307; T15. Georgia State 310; T15. UCLA 310; 17. Tulsa 311; 18. Missouri State 318.

Top Individuals: 1. Chirapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma) 68; T2. Cassie Deeg (Nebraska) 69; T2. Grace Na (Pepperdine 69); T2. Anne-Catherine Tangu (Oklahoma) 69; T5. Emily Collins (Oklahoma) 70; T5. Christine Wong (San Diego State) 70.

Other Pepperdine Scores: T7. Alina Ching 71; T7. Somin Lee 71; T28. Liv Cheng 75; T52. Marissa Chow 78.



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