May 11, 2007
St. George, UT - Behind freshman Misun Cho's 1-under par 70, fourth-ranked and No. 2 seed Pepperdine carded a 15-over par total of 299 on Friday and is in fifth place, while USF shot a 316 and is in 15th place at 626 (310, 316) heading into the final 18 holes of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship that is being contested at the par-71, 6,234-yard Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah.
The Waves, who posted the third-lowest round of the day on Friday, are 20 shots behind front-running Oklahoma State, which posted a 6-over par score of 290 and stands at 13-over 581 heading into Saturday's final round.
USF freshman Christina Stockton shot a five-over 76 to lead the Dons, while junior Jessica Potter shot a six-over 77. Stockton paced USF with 12 pars, while freshman Natasha Podmore, Potter and senior Kristin Nichols shared the birdies lead with two apiece.
San Francisco opened the second round in strong fashion, finishing eight over on the front nine. Disaster struck after the turn as the Dons went 23 over with 12 double-bogey or worse holes on the back nine.
Oklahoma State holds a six-shot advantage over second-place Stanford (587). Top-seed Arizona State (590) is third, followed by UC Irvine (597) and Pepperdine (600).
The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championships that will be held May 22-25 at the LPGA International Legends Course, in Daytona Beach, Florida, hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
Individually, Oklahoma State's Pernilla Lindberg is in first place after 36 holes with a 6-under par total of 136 and holds a five-shot lead over Cho, who is at 1-under par 141. Lindberg has posted a pair of 68s, while Cho has recorded scores of 70-71.
Amanda Johnson of Oklahoma State and Arizona State's Juliana Murcia are tied for third with totals of 2-over par 144, while Pepperdine sophomore Jayvie Agojo is among a group of four players tied for fifth with 3-over par scores of 145.
Pepperdine is scheduled to tee-off at 7:30 a.m. from hole No. 10 on Saturday, while San Francisco looks for a strong finish on Saturday teeing off at 11:30 AM (PT). Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com and can be accessed by clicking the link under the events menu.