May 13, 2006
Bryan, Texas -
All-Americans Carolina Llano and Eileen Vargas shot even-par scores of 72 to help the No. 7 Pepperdine women's golf team finish third at the NCAA Central Regional Championships that concluded Saturday at the par-72, 6,289-yard Traditions Club in Bryan Texas.
The third-place showing qualified the Waves for their seventh NCAA Championships appearance in the last eight years. Pepperdine will travel to Columbus, Ohio, seeking its first national championship when it opens play at the Scarlet Course beginning May 23.
USC captured the team title with a 54-hole score of 19-over par 883 to register a two-shot victory over top-ranked and No. 1 seed Duke, which finished at 21-over par 885. Pepperdine, which shot a final-round 8-over par 296, concluded the tournament with a 39-over par total of 903.
Florida (910) placed fourth while Oklahoma State placed fifth with a 916. Texas A&M and Kent State tied for sixth with scores of 919 while Nebraska earned the final berth in the NCAA Championships with a 922 total.
"We had a final solid round and received solid contributions from all five players during the last three days and accomplished our goal of qualifying for the NCAA Championships," head coach Laurie Gibbs said. "It also was nice to see Carolina Llano and Eileen Vargas have good final rounds and we look forward them carrying that kind of play into the national championships.
USC's Irene Choi claimed individual medalist honors finishing with a 2-under par total of 214 to register a four-shot victory over Duke's Amanda Blumenherst, who carded a three-round total of 2-over par 218.
Blumenherst's Blue Devils teammate Elizabeth Janangelo placed third a 5-over par score of 221 while Kent State's Tara Delaney and Duke's Jennifer Pandolfi tied for fourth with 6-over par totals of 222.
Vargas and sophomore Leanne Bowditch tied for ninth place with 8-over par scores of 224 to lead the Waves.