April 28, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Defending West Coast Conference Women’s Golf Champion No. 10 Pepperdine and Gonzaga earned berths in the 2014 NCAA Regionals as announced today. This is the second straight year the Waves and Bulldogs have represented the WCC in the postseason.
Pepperdine collected the No. 5 seed in the East Regional, while Gonzaga will stay closer to home competing in the West Regional.
In addition to the Waves and Bulldogs, freshman Alexandra White of BYU will compete in the West Regional as an individual. White tied for second at the 2014 WCC Championship at 3-over.
PEPPERDINE – EAST REGIONAL (Tallahassee, Fla./SouthWood GC)
The 10th-ranked Pepperdine women's golf team has earned the #5 seed at the upcoming NCAA East Regional, which will be contested at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., the NCAA Women's Golf Committee announced on Monday.
The Waves will be making their 16th consecutive regional appearance from May 8-10. The top eight schools at each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 20-23 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.
In order of seeding, the 24 schools headed to Tallahassee are: Duke, South Carolina, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, Central Florida, Virginia, Auburn, North Carolina State, host Florida State, Kentucky, Tulane, Louisville, Baylor, East Tennessee State, Georgia, Campbell, East Carolina, Texas State-San Marcos, College of Charleston, Troy, Murray State, Seton Hall and Alabama State.
Pepperdine has advanced to the NCAA Championships 11 times in the last 15 years, and last finished 21st in 2012. The Waves have finished in the top 10 at nationals eight times, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. Their best regional finish came in 2002, when they tied for first place at the West Regional.
This is the fourth time that the Waves have been placed in the East, and they've advanced each of the previous three times (2001, 2005, 2010).
The Waves are coming off their 13th straight West Coast Conference title and have a total of four victories during the 2013-14 school year. They also won the Dick McGuire Invitational and Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall and the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in the spring. Pepperdine is ranked 10th by Golfweek/Sagarin, 12th in the WGCA coaches poll and 14th by Golfstat.
GONZAGA – WEST REGIONAL (Cle Ellum, Wash./Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort)
Gonzaga University’s women’s golf team was selected to the NCAA Regional for a second straight year Monday, the Bulldogs headed to Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash., for the West Regional hosted by the University of Washington.
Gonzaga enters the postseason as a No. 17 seed. Included in the West Regional field is defending national champion and No. 1 seed University of Southern California. Last season the No. 16 seeded Bulldogs were sent to the Central Regional in Norman, Okla., so staying close to home this season was well received.
The other two regionals are the East Regional at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., hosted by Florida State University, and the Central Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., hosted by Oklahoma State University. Regional play will be held May 8-10. Each of the three regionals is a 24-team field with the top eight schools an d two individuals from each regional going to the NCAA Finals May 20-13 in Tulsa, Okla.
Gonzaga posted a 97-20 record this year and with the exception of the formidable Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational hosted by the University of Washington, the Bulldogs finished no lower than fourth in any tournament this season. Gonzaga finished eighth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, a field that included seven NCAA teams in addition to the Bulldogs. Pac-12 champion and No. 3 East seed Stanford University won the tourney, No. 4 West seed Washington was second, No. 6 East seed UCF placed third, No. 11 West seed University of Oregon was fourth, No. 12 Central seed University of California was fifth, No. 13 West seed University of California, Davis finished sixth and No. 17 Central seed University of Colorado placed ninth behind the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga won a pair of tournaments this year – the Jim West Challenge in New Braunfels, Texas, and The Gold Rush Invitational in Yorba Linda, Calif. The Zags finished second in four tournaments, including the West Coast Conference Championship, and placed fourth in three others.
From PepperdineSports.com and GoZags.com