Karle, Waves Lead at WCC Championships

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The Pepperdine women’s golf team is two-thirds of the way to its seventh consecutive West Coast Conference title, as the Waves lead the WCC Championships by 19 strokes after Monday’s first two rounds. Also, Pepperdine freshman Taylore Karle has a three-stroke lead for medalist honors and set a course record.


The third and final round will be contested on Tuesday (April 15) at the par-72 Chambers Bay Golf Course. The Waves shot a 299 in both the morning and afternoon rounds for a total of 598 strokes. San Francisco is the closest competitor at 617.


“It was a long day and the weather was brutal at times,” Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. “There was some rain for about three holes and then the wind blew hard. But everything worked out really well and we’re happy where we are. I’m really proud of them for doing so well with some pretty tough conditions. Everybody contributed and that’s something that we’ve been missing at times. Tomorrow, we want to finish this off and get a win so we have confidence going into regionals.”


All five of the Waves are in the top 10, led by Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who shot a course-record 1-under 71 and followed it up with a 1-over 73, good for a total of an even-par 144. She had three birdies in the morning and two in the afternoon. After posting three top 10 finishes this spring, she will aim for her first collegiate title on Tuesday.


Senior Leanne Bowditch (Peregian, Australia) is Karle’s top competitor for medalist honors and is in excellent shape to finish in the top five for the fourth consecutive year at the conference tournament. Bowditch is in second place with a 3-over 147 (73-74). She had three birdies in each round.


Fellow senior Stephanie Gelleni (Caracas, Venezuela) is poised for a career-best finish, as she is tied for fourth place with a 155 (78-77). Junior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Phillippines) and freshman Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad) are tied for eighth place at 156. Agojo shot an 81-75 and de Gannes fired a 77-79.


Pepperdine has won six straight WCC titles and nine of the last 10. A Pepperdine individual has also been the medalist each of the last six years.


Team Scores: 1. Pepperdine 299-299=598; 2. San Francisco 307-310=617; 3. Santa Clara 312-322=634; 4. Portland 324-326=650; 5. Gonzaga 330-329=659.


Top Individuals: 1. Taylore Karle (Pepperdine) 71-73=144; 2. Leanne Bowditch (Pepperdine) 73-74=147; 3. Jessica Potter (San Francisco) 75-77=152; T4. Stephanie Gelleni (Pepperdine) 78-77=155; T4. Hilaire Fouts (Santa Clara) 73-82=155; T4. Natasha Podmore (San Francisco) 77-78=155; T4.  Christina Stockton (San Francisco) 80-75=155; T8. Jayvie Agojo (Pepperdine) 81-75=156; T8. Martine de Gannes (Pepperdine) 77-79=156; T8. Danielle Cvitanov (San Francisco) 75-81=156.




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