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Pepperdine And USF Selected To NCAA West Regional

April 30, 2007

The Pepperdine and San Francisco women's golf teams were selected to compete in the NCAA West Regional, the NCAA announced on Monday. The Waves, who earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Regional, and the Dons, the No. 12 seed, will travel to St. George, Utah, where they will compete at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, May 10-12.

The West Regional also includes top-seed and No. 1-ranked Arizona State.

Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 10-12 to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies will apply.

A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.

The championships finals will be held May 22-25 at the LPGA International Legends Course, in Daytona Beach, Florida, hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission.

Led by head coach Laurie Gibbs, Pepperdine enters regional play seeking its eighth NCAA Championships appearance in the last nine years.

The Waves finished third at last year's NCAA Central Regional in Bryan, Texas, and advanced to their seventh NCAA Championships where they finished third at the Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio.

Pepperdine's best-ever showing at the regionals came in 2002 when it tied for first place at the NCAA West Regionals. In 2003, the Waves placed fourth at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona, and went on to the nationals where they finished second.

USF women's golf earned the sixth NCAA Regional berth in program history. The Dons enter the postseason with a No. 36 record according to the GolfStat rankings and come in at No. 40 nationally in the most current GolfWeek.com poll. In its final tune-up for the NCAA's, San Francisco posted a runner-up finish to No. 4 Pepperdine at the 2007 West Coast Conference Championships April 16-17 at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA.

USF enjoyed one of its finest seasons in school history in 2006-07, capturing two tournament titles and posted three of runner-up showings, including its eighth second place finish at the WCC Championships. The Dons turned in nine top-10 finishes in 10 events and finished in the top-five six times. USF compiled an overall record of 189-36 during tournament play. San Francisco closed out the Fall season with a win at the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawaii and captured a Spring victory at the Duck Invitational in Oregon.

1. Arizona State (Pacific-10 Conference)
2. Pepperdine
3. Florida
4. Oklahoma State
5. Brigham Young
6. Stanford
7. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
8. New Mexico
9. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
10. San Jose State
11. UNLV
12. San Francisco
13. Hawaii
14. California
15. Idaho (Western Athletic Conference)
16. Washington State
17. Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference)
18. Nebraska
19. Memphis (Conference USA)
20. Sacramento State (Big Sky Conference)
21. Columbia-Barnard (Ivy Group)

1. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State
2. Jennifer Shipley, Fresno State
3. Lehua Wise, New Mexico State