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No. 9 Pepperdine in First Place After Opening Round of Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 12, 2007

Palos Verdes, Calif. -

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Sophomore Jayvie Agojo, one of just two players to record under-par scores, carded an opening round 2-under par 69 on Monday to help No. 9 Pepperdine take the first-round lead at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the par-71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, California.

The Waves posted a score of 13-over par 297 and hold a two-shot advantage over second-place Florida (299). Arizona State and Texas A&M are tied for third with 16-over par totals of 300 while Arizona (301) rounds out the top five.

The 15-team field includes 14 teams ranked in the latest Golfweek Top 30 poll.

"I'm pleased with the way the team performed today under difficult scoring conditions and for Jayvie to put an under-par round together is a testament to exceptional play," head coach Laurie Gibbs said. "It was a great start to the tournament and now we need to put two more solid rounds together on a challenging course and against one of the toughest fields we will face this year."

Agojo holds a one-shot lead over Arizona's Adriana Zwanck, who posted a 1-under score of 70. Texas A&M teammates Lauren Johnson and Christa Spedding are tied for third with even-par 71s. Two players are tied for fifth while Pepperdine senior All-American Eileen Vargas is among a group of three players tied for seventh at 2-over par 72.

Freshman Misun Cho is tied for 19th after shooting a 5-over par 76.

The 54-hole tournament continues Tuesday with second-round action and can be followed live at www.golfstat.com.