May 24, 2007
Daytona Beach, Fla. -
Freshman Misun Cho carded a 1-under par 71 to help No. 5 Pepperdine post a 12-over 220 on Thursday as the Waves moved into a tie for seventh place after 54 holes of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships that is being played at the par-72, 6,351-yard LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Waves are currently at 41-over par 905 and tied with USC heading into Friday's final round. The Waves will be paired with the Trojans and Texas Christian and will start their final round from the 10th hole beginning at 10:20 (PDT).
Two-time defending national champion Duke holds the lead for the second consecutive day after posting a third-round total of 5-over par 293 and is at 16-over par 880 for the tournament. The Blue Devils hold an eight-shot lead over Purdue, which turned in the low round of the day with a 3-over 291 and is at 24-over par 888.
UCLA (893) is third and Georgia (902) is fourth, while Vanderbilt and Stanford are tied for fifth at 39-over par 903.
Pepperdine enters Friday's final round seeking its fourth consecutive Top 5 finish in its last four appearances at the NCAA Championships. The Waves placed second at the 2003 national championships, was fourth in 2005 and finished third at last year's NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
"After an unfortunate start, we have positioned ourselves for another strong finish and the opportunity finish in the Top 5," Pepperdine head coach Laurie Gibbs. "We have made progress each day and I think we are gaining better knowledge of the course and how to play it."
Second-round leader Christel Boeljon of Purdue, who had a one-shot lead after 36 holes, increased her lead to five shots after shooting 3-under par 69 on Thursday. Boeljon is at 6-under par 210 while USC's Paola Moreno is second at 1-under par 215.
Arkansas' Stacy Lewis is in third at even-par 216, while Duke's Amanda Blumenherst, Jacqui Concolino of Vanderbilt and Texas Christian's Catherine Matranga are tied for fourth at 1-over par 217.
Cho is tied with Jennie Lee and Lauren Todd of Stanford for eighth place at 4-over par 220 and is looking to become the sixth straight Waves' player to finish in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships in Pepperdine's last six appearances.
Friday's final round can be followed live on the Internet at www.goflstat.com with live video of the 18th hole available.