Waves' Naveed Set for NCAA Championships
The junior on the women's golf team begins play at nationals on Friday.
MALIBU, California — Pepperdine junior Hira Naveed will represent the women’s golf team at the NCAA Championships this week in Oklahoma. She’s coming off a tie for sixth place at the NCAA San Francisco Regional.
Pepperdine has qualified as a team for the NCAA Championships 12 times in the last 20 years but this is the first time that the Waves have sent a single individual to the event.
EVENT INFO — The NCAA Championships will be held at the par-72, 6,328-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Live scoring will be available at NCAA.com.
All players and teams will compete in the first three rounds between Friday and Sunday (May 18-20). The field will be cut to the top 15 teams and nine individuals from non-advancing teams for the final round of stroke play on Monday (May 21), which will decide the individual national champion. Match play will determine the team champion on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 22-23).
On Friday, Naveed will tee off on #10 at 8:25 a.m. CT, and on Saturday, she’ll tee off on #1 at 1:05 p.m. CT. She’s paired with Gabby Curtis (Wisconsin) and Erin Harper (Indiana) for the first two rounds. Groups will be re-paired for rounds three and four.
FIELD — A total of 132 student-athletes (24 teams and 12 individuals) are taking part in the NCAA Championships.
RANKINGS — The Waves are rated 49th nationally by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin ... Hira Naveed is 74th by Golfstat and 84th by Golfweek/Sagarin.
NAVEED — Hira Naveed (Perth, Australia) is a three-time All-WCC first team selection. She’s playing her best golf of the season and heads into the NCAA Championships with three straight top-10 finishes (T-9th at the Silverado Showdown, T-2nd at the WCC Championships and T-6th at the NCAA San Francisco Regional).
At TPC Harding Park last week, Naveed finished with a 5-under 211, a personal best for 54 holes at Pepperdine, as well as the Waves’ record for an NCAA Regional. Her second round 5-under 67 tied Pepperdine’s single-round NCAA postseason record and put her into first place heading into the the third and final round. She had an even-par 72 in the final round, which dropped her to a tie for sixth place but was still good enough to qualify her for nationals by two strokes.
Naveed is making her second NCAA Championships appearance. She tied for 32nd place in 2017, best among the Waves.
Naveed’s season scoring average is 73.57 strokes, on pace to be a personal best and to rank #17 on the Waves’ single-season records list. Her career average of 74.01 ranks sixth.
Naveed tied for eighth at the 2017 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. She was the 2015 Western Australia Junior Girls Player of the Year before arriving at Pepperdine.
HONORS — Three Waves earned 2018 All-WCC first team notice: Momoka Kobori, Hira Naveed and Tatiana Wijaya. Five Waves have earned All-WCC first team honors in their careers, led by three-time selections Naveed (2016, 2017, 2018) and Wijaya (2015, 2017, 2018). Kobori (2018), Patricia Wong (2016) and Katherine Zhu (2017) have each made it once. Wijaya (2015) and Kobori (2017) are past WCC Freshmen of the Year. Wong earned WCC Player of the Month honors for November 2017. Zhu is a three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and WCC All-Academic first team honoree.
WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS — Pepperdine ended up on the wrong side of the closest WCC championship finish in history and the tournament’s first-ever playoff. Both BYU and Pepperdine finished play with identical scores of 900 at Carlton Oaks Golf Club, but the Cougars would go on to win their third consecutive WCC title by the score of 17-18 on the playoff hole. Hira Naveed tied for second, Tatiana Wijaya took fourth and Momoka Kobori tied for fifth.
NCAA SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL — The Waves finished two spots better than their #13 seed, taking 11th overall last week at TPC Harding Park. The Waves’ 3-under was the best score of the second round and got them within two shots of sixth place, but they couldn’t duplicate their efforts in the third and final round and ended up seven shots back of sixth.
GIBBS — Under the direction of Laurie Gibbs, who is now in her 25th season as head coach, Pepperdine has earned a place as one of the nation’s top golf programs. Gibbs has been honored 12 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. Gibbs was inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame in December 2015. Last season’s victory at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate was the 50th tournament win of her career.
GOLF HISTORY — The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships 12 times in the last 20 years, and have recorded 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 17 of the last 21 years, including a streak of 14 titles that ran from 2002 to 2015. Twelve different players have earned All-American honors a total of 27 times. LPGA Tour players have included Katherine (Hull) Kirk, Lindsey Wright, Tamie Durdin, Nadina (Taylor) Light, Misun Cho, Carolina Llano, Danielle Kang, Taylore Karle and Grace Na. Hull was the 2003 National Player of the Year and was inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame in 2012. Kang won back-to-back U.S. Amateur Championships in 2010 and 2011.
ONLINE — Follow the Pepperdine women’s golf team on Twitter (@WavesGolf) and on Facebook (/WavesGolf).
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 18 schools to have accomplished this feat — and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment, is the only school without football and is the only university that has not been affiliated with a “major” conference. The Waves have won a total of 25 team or individual national championships in their history. Pepperdine has also earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, California, 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 #46 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.