May 25, 2007
Daytona Beach, Fla. -
Turning its best round the tournament, the fifth-ranked Pepperdine women's golf team shot a final-round 9-over 297 to finish seventh at the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships that concluded Friday at the par-72, 6,351-yard LPGA Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The seventh-place showing marked the seventh Top 10 finish in eight appearances, and fifth straight for the Waves. Included among the those Top 10 showings, are four Top 5 finishes.
Pepperdine completed the 72-hole event with a 50-over par total of 1,202.
Duke captured its third straight national title with an 18-over par score of 1,170. The Blue Devils shot a closing-round 2-over par 290 and finished the tournament 15 shots ahead of second-place Purdue (1,185). UCLA (1,186) was third followed by USC (1,196) and Stanford (1,197).
"I am extremely proud of the team and the way it battled throughout the four days and the performance it turned in today under difficult conditions with the wind and the rain late in the day," head coach Laurie Gibbs. "We got off to tough start on Tuesday when we only had four players, but persevered. Finishing in the Top 10 for the fifth year in a row is a great accomplishment and should be acknowledged."
Senior Eileen Vargas, who completed a distinguished four-year career, shot a final-round 1-over par 73 to finish at 12-over par 300 and tied for 12th. Misun Cho, who is the second-ranked freshman in the country, turned in a disappointing 9-over par 81 on Friday and tied for 26th with a 13-over par 301.
Junior Leanne Bowditch carded a final round even-par 72 to finish at 15-over 303 and in a tie for 34th. It marked the second straight outstanding final round for Bowditch, who closed out the 2006 NCAA Championships with a 1-under par score.
Arkansas' Stacy Lewis, playing as an individual, claimed medalist honors after shooting the low round of the tournament, a 6-under 66, to post a four-shot victory over Purdue's Christel Boeljon and USC's Paola Moreno. Both players finished at 2-under par 286.
Amanda Blumenherst of Duke, and the country's top-ranked player, placed fourth at 1-over par 289, while UCLA's Tiffany Joh (291) finished fifth.