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No. 9 Pepperdine Captures Prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 14, 2007

Palos Verdes, Calif. -

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Freshman Misun Cho shot a final-round 2-under par 69 to claim individual medalist honors and help the No. 9 Pepperdine women's golf team to a victory at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge that concluded Wednesday at the par-71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club in nearby Palos Verdes.

The Waves, who posted a third-round score of 4-over par 288, finished the 54-hole event with an 882 total and registered a nine-shot victory over Arizona State (891). Florida (901) placed third while Oklahoma State (904) was fourth and Arizona (907) fifth.

Pepperdine topped a field that included 14 teams ranked in Golweek's latest Top 30 poll and won the tournament for a record third time, previously capturing the event in 2003 and 2005.

"This a tremendous accomplishment for our team and an impressive win against an outstanding field," head coach Laurie Gibbs said. "It was encouraging to see us put together three solid rounds on a challenging golf course and in some difficult scoring conditions."

The conditions improved on Wednesday as Pepperdine posted the low round of the tournament after shooting a 4-over par 288 and five players broke par, including Cho.

During the first two days of the tournament, only two players broke par with both coming during Monday's opening round.

The victory marked the first of Cho's career after she entered the day in 10th place, seven shots behind teammate Jayvie Agojo. Cho posted 14 pars, three birdies and did not record a bogey until her final hole as she recorded a one-shot victory over Agojo and four other players.

A native of Cheongu City, South Korea, Cho is the second Pepperdine player to win tournament individual medalist honors, joining former Waves All-American and current LPGA member Katherine Hull, who won the event in 2003 en route to earning Division I College Player of the Year honors.

"Misun played steady throughout the tournament and managed her game extremely well today," Gibbs said. "We received solid play throughout our line-up as Jayvie was leading the field for most of the tournament, and Eileen (Vargas) and Stephanie (Gelleni) stepped up during the final round."

Both Vargas and Gelleni shot even-par 71s on Wednesday to finish tied for eighth and 16th, respectively. Vargas concluded play at 8-over par 221 while Gelleni totaled a 54-hole score of 11-over 224.

"This is a great way to begin our spring season and gives us momentum heading into our next two tournaments, both of which have strong fields," Gibbs said.

Pepperdine is next in action on February 26 when it travels to Tucson, Arizona, to compete in the Arizona Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National Golf Course.