May 22, 2007
Daytona Beach, Fla. -
Playing with just four players in its opening round, the fifth-ranked Pepperdine women's golf team shot a first-round total of 18-over par 306 and is tied for 14th place after 18 holes of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships that opened Tuesday at the par-72, 6,351-yard LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Waves were without sophomore Jayvie Agojo, who came down with tonsillitis on Monday and was held out of the first round. Head coach Laurie Gibbs said Agojo, who ranks third on the Pepperdine team with a 74.81 stroke average, will be available for Tuesday's second round.
On a course that yielded just five under-par rounds, USC captured the first-round lead after posting a 7-over par 295 and holds a two-shot lead over North Carolina and Louisville. The Tar Heels and Cardinals, who had early tee times on Monday, posted a 9-over par score of 297.
Stanford is fourth at 11-under par 299, while defending national champion Duke is fifth after shooting an opening-round score of 300.
Pepperdine is tied with Wake Forest in 14th place.
UC Irvine's Selanee' Henderson is the individual leader after the first round following a 3-under par 69. Amanda Blumenherst of Duke, the nation's top-ranked player, and Stanford's Lauren Todd are one-shot back after posting 1-under par scores of 70.
USC's Veronica Felibert and Stacy Lewis of Arkansas are tied for fourth with 1-under par 71s.
Pepperdine freshman Misun Cho had the top round for the Waves on Monday after shooting a 3-over par 75 and is tied for 22nd. Senior Eileen Vargas is one shot back and tied for 39th with a 4-over par score of 76.
"We did a pretty good job of hanging in there today without Jayvie," Gibbs said. "Hopefully, with her back in the line-up and, having a round under our belts, we can come out on Tuesday afternoon and put together a solid round.
"It's still early in the tournament and there will be a lot of movement over the next two days," Gibbs said. "Our goal is to steadily move up and head into Friday's round with a reasonable chance of contending for the title."
Pepperdine is scheduled to tee-off at 12:20 p.m. (EDT) on the first hole and will play with Alabama and Tennessee. All the action can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.