May 12, 2007
St. George, Utah -
Behind the steady play of freshman Misun Cho, the fourth-ranked and No. 2 seeded Pepperdine women's golf team qualified for its eighth NCAA Championships in nine years after finishing seventh at the NCAA West Regional Championships that concluded Saturday at the par-71, 6,234-yard Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah.
The Waves carded a final-round 15-over par 299 and finished the 54-hole tournament at 47-over par 899. Oklahoma State and Stanford tied for first place with a 22-over par 874, two shots ahead of top-ranked and No. 1 seed Arizona State (876).
Also advancing to the NCAA Championships are Denver (891), Brigham Young (898), UC Irvine (898) and New Mexico (908).
The top eight teams form each of the three regionals 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.
"I am very happy with the way the team kept it together for three rounds and played on a very difficult course," head coach Laurie Gibbs said. "Our main goal coming into regionals was to play well and qualify for the NCAA Championships and we succeeded in doing that.
"Now we have two weeks to get ready for nationals and are looking forward to putting together four solid rounds and contend for the national championship," Gibbs added.
Cho carded a final-round 4-over par 75 to place fifth with a final score of 3-over par 216. Oklahoma State's Pernilla Lindberg claimed individual medalist honors with a 7-under 206 and register a seven-shot win over Arizona State's Anna Nordqvist (213).
Mari Chun of Stanford and Brigham Young's Rachel Newren tied for third with 1-over par scores of 214.
Sophomore Jayvie Agojo was one of five players to tie for 10th with scores of 7-over par 220.