Bruin Wave Invitational Set for Next Week at El Cab

Somin Lee

March 1, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. -- The fourth annual Bruin Wave Invitational takes place next week, with Pepperdine and UCLA combining to put on another outstanding women's golf event. The Waves won this event last season, placing ahead of the Bruins by two strokes, and haven't finished worse than fourth at any of the previous three tournaments. This year's Bruin Wave features the #1 team in the country (USC), four top 25 squads, seven top 50 schools and 12 top 100 teams.

EVENT INFO -- The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,131-yard El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif. Teams will play 36 holes off an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Monday (March 4), and the final 18 holes will be held Tuesday (March 5) with tee times off holes #1 and #10 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Live scoring will be provided at

FIELD -- In addition to #33 Pepperdine, the 15-team field consists of co-host #20 UCLA, #8 Arizona, BYU, #31 Denver, Hawai'i, #75 Long Beach State, #83 New Mexico, New Mexico State, #21 Oklahoma State, #87 Oregon State, #74 San Diego State, #40 UNLV, #1 USC and #76 Washington State (Golfstat rankings included).

RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is rated #33 by Golfstat and #34 by Golfweek/Sagarin. The Waves are receiving votes in the first Golf World/WGCA coaches' poll of the spring ... Individually, Grace Na is #14 nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin and #16 by Golfstat.

PEPPERDINE LINEUP -- Pepperdine's lineup hasn't been set yet, but it's expected that all six players on the roster will compete, with one taking part as an individual. Juniors Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College), Danielle Gillaspy (Santa Maria, Calif./St. Joseph's HS) and Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS), sophomores Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) and freshman Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) make up the team.

ONLINE -- Follow the Pepperdine golf team on Twitter at @wavesgolf or on Facebook at Pepperdine Women's Golf.

NA -- Grace Na has already been rewarded as a two-time All-American honorable mention selection and a two-time WCC Player of the Year in her young career. Now a junior, she has a career stroke average of 73.50, second all-time at Pepperdine. Eighteen of her 22 tournaments have resulted in a top-20 finish (with 11 top 10s, including wins at the 2011 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, where she tied a then-NCAA record with a 9-under 63 in the first round, and the 2011 WCC Championships). Also on Pepperdine's career records lists, she's tied for sixth in sub-par rounds (17), tied for ninth in top 10 finishes and ninth in top 20 finishes. During the fall season, Na placed in the top six at all four tournaments and finished at or below par at all of them. She currently has a stroke average of 71.87.

GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE -- The Waves became the first two-time winner of the Golfweek Conference Challenge, held at the Red Sky Golf Club in Vail, Colo., in late September. Pepperdine also won the inaugural event in 2009. The Waves, who were the co-leader after the first round and a two-shot leader after the second, ended up winning the tournament by five strokes over UC Davis. The team's 54-hole score of 4-under was the sixth-best figure in program history.

2012-13 HONORS -- Grace Na was named a preseason All-American second teamer by Golfweek and one of the nation's top 50 players to watch by Golf World ... Na was named WCC Player of the Month for September and October (her third and fourth times winning the award) ... Marissa Chow was named one of the nation's top 20 freshmen by Golfweek ... Golfweek magazine named Pepperdine its national team of the week after the win at the Golfweek Conference Challenge ... The WCC preseason coaches poll predicted that the Waves would win their 12th straight conference title, and Na, Liv Cheng and Alina Ching were on the preseason All-WCC team.

ROSTER -- Five of six players are returning from last season's team (including four of five from the lineup at the 2012 NCAA Championships), though there isn't a single senior on the Waves' roster this year. One new freshman brings the total number of players back up to six. The breakdown is three juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.

PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY -- Under the direction of Laurie Gibbs, who is now in her 20th season as head coach, the last decade-plus has established Pepperdine as one of the nation's top golf programs. The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships 11 times in 14 years, with eight top 10 finishes and four top five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. The Waves have won West Coast Conference championships in 14 of the last 15 years, including a current streak of 11 titles that began in 2002. Eleven different players have earned All-American honors a total of 23 times. LPGA Tour players have included Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright, Tamie Durdin, Nadina (Taylor) Light, Misun Cho, Carolina Llano, Danielle Kang and Taylore Karle. Kang won back-to-back U.S. Amateur Championships in 2010 and 2011. Gibbs has been honored 11 times as the WCC's Coach of the Year, was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year on two occasions and was selected the 2004-05 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek magazine.

HULL -- Former Pepperdine great and current LPGA veteran Katherine Hull has received multiple honors this past year for her play with the Waves. She was inducted into the Women's Golf Coaches Association Players' Hall of Fame last December, and will be put into the West Coast Conference's Hall of Honor in March. Hull was the 2003 national player of the year and the Dinah Shore Award winner.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.



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