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No. 5 Waves Move Up Into a tie for Eighth Place at NCAA Championships

May 23, 2007

Daytona Beach, Fla. -

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Playing in afternoon winds and with sophomore Jayvie Agojo back in the line-up, the No. 5 Pepperdine women's golf team carded an 11-over par 299 on Wednesday and is tied with Arizona State and Vanderbilt for eighth place at the midway point of the 2007 NCAA Division I Golf Championships that is being contested at the par-72, 6,351-yard LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Agojo, who missed Tuesday's opening round with a case of tonsillitis, and junior Leanne Bowditch and freshman Misun Cho shot 2-over par scores of 74 to help the Waves move from a tie for 14th to eighth place.

Defending national champion Duke, the only team to post and under-par round, carded a 1-under 287 to assume the lead with an 11-over par 587 after 36 holes. The Blue Devils hold a seven-shot advantage over second-place UCLA (594). Purdue (597) is third followed by Stanford (599) and USC (601).

Pepperdine, Vanderbilt, and Arizona State are at 29-over par 605.

"We made steady progress today and improved our position while play in difficult scoring conditions as the win came up and the greens started to dry out," Pepperdine head coach Lauri Gibbs said. "It was nice to have Jayvie back in the line-up and Leanne (Bowditch) and Misun (Cho) turned in nice rounds.

"We have another afternoon tee-time on Thursday and we need to continue to grind it out and stay patient," Gibbs added.

Individually, Purdue's Christel Boeljon leads the field with a 3-under par 141 and is one shot ahead of Arkansas' Stacy Lewis, who is at 2-under 142. Three players are tied for third at 1-under par 143.

Cho is tied for 14th at 5-over par 149 while Bowditch is tied for 36th at 8-over par 152.

Pepperdine is scheduled to begins its third round at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and will play with Texas Christian and Wake Forest. All the action can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.