April 17, 2007
Lompoc, Calif. -
Misun Cho was named Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year while Laurie Gibbs was tabbed Coach of the Year after the fourth-ranked Pepperdine women's golf team captured the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships Tuesday afternoon at the La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California.
The victory marked the sixth straight conference crown and ninth in the last 10 years for the Waves, who registered a convincing 21-shot victory over San Francisco. The Waves totaled a 45-over par score of 909 while the Dons finished at 66-over par 930.
Cho became the sixth straight Pepperdine player to claim individual medalist honors and ninth in the last 10 years after shooting a 6-over par total of 222 to edge out teammate Eileen Vargas, who finished one shot back at 7-over 223. Cho also became the second straight freshman to win individual medalist honors, following Jayvie Agojo, who swept Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in 2006.
Pepperdine placed four players in the Top 10 and five in the Top 14 as each was named to the WCC's All-Conference team. Joining Cho and Vargas on the team were junior Leanne Bowditch, sophomore Agojo and junior Stephanie Gelleni.
Bowditch tied for fourth at 16-over par 232 while Agojo (236) was ninth and Gelleni (240) tied for 14th.
Gibbs was named the WCC's Coach of the Year for the third year in a row and eighth time in her career. The 14th-year head coach has garnered coach of the year honors in 1988, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Pepperdine will be idled until May 10 when it opens NCAA Regional play. Selections and seedings for the NCAA Regionals will be announced on Monday, April 30, at 1 p.m. PDT). The three regional sites will be contested at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La. (East), University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Central) and Entrada at Snow Canyon Golf Club in St. George, Utah (West).
The NCAA Championships are slated May 22-25 at the LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Fla.