April 25, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine women's golf team's 13th consecutive NCAA Regional trip will be as the #6 seed at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash., the NCAA announced today.
The Waves will be playing in the NCAA West Regional for the second time in three years at next week's May 5-7 event. They'll need to finish in the top eight out of the 24-team field to advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 18-21 at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
In order of seeding, the schools headed to Washington are USC, Virginia, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Pepperdine, Iowa State, UC Davis, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington (the host school), Tulsa, Denver, San Diego State, BYU, New Mexico, UTSA, Portland, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Oral Roberts and UTEP.
"I'm happy to stay in the West and not have to travel cross-country," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "It's great for the players, and they're all happy about it. The course is really good for our players. It's a long course where you have to putt well. It's a strong field, so we'll need to go there and play solid to get into the top eight. Regionals are a grind but we have players that can handle it. I like our seeding, it's fair and we should have good times for practice rounds and things like that."
Pepperdine will be aiming for its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships and 11th overall. The Waves have placed in the top 10 at nationals eight times, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. At the 2002 NCAA Championships, which were held at Washington National Golf Club, Pepperdine tied for ninth place. The Waves' best regional finish came in 2002, when they tied for first place at the West Regional.
The Waves are coming off their 10th consecutive West Coast Conference title, which they won last week by a 36-stroke margin. All five players in the lineup earned All-WCC first team honors, led by Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS), who also claimed WCC Player of the Year and WCC Freshman of the Year accolades.
Pepperdine has won two tournaments this year and is currently ranked #16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index, #18 in the Golf World/NGCA poll and #19 by Golfstat. Individually, sophomore Danielle Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) is ranked #14 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index while Na is #42.
The NCAA East Regional will be held at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the NCAA Central Regional will be contested at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. In addition to the top eight teams from each regional, the top two individuals from non-qualifying teams will also advance.