May 1, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine women's golf team will head to Colorado as the #7 seed for the NCAA West Regional, the NCAA announced tonight. The Waves have advanced out of regional play and to the national tournament 10 times in the last 13 years.
The West Regional will be held at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo., and will take place from Thursday to Saturday, May 10-12. The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, slated for May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
In order of seeding, the 24 schools headed to Colorado are: UCLA, LSU, North Carolina, Colorado, California, Baylor, Pepperdine, UC Davis, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Tulsa, TCU, Iowa State, Stanford, Denver, UNLV, New Mexico, Oregon State, Illinois, Kennesaw State, San Jose State, Missouri State, Northern Colorado and Jackson State.
"We are excited to go to the West Regional," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "We started our season in Vail and look forward to returning to Colorado. We have a solid week of practice ahead and the team is focused on qualifying for nationals."
Pepperdine, making its 14th consecutive trip to regionals, will be aiming for its 11th NCAA Championships berth. The Waves have placed 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.
The Waves are coming off their 11th straight West Coast Conference title. Sophomore Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) was named WCC Player of the Year for the second straight season, freshman Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) became the 13th consecutive Wave to earn the Freshman of the Year award and Gibbs was named co-Coach of the Year, her 11th time winning at least a share of the honor.
Pepperdine has won two tournaments this year, capturing its own Bruin Wave Invitational in addition to the WCC crown, and only finished outside the top eight on one occasion. The Waves are ranked #18 in the Golf World/NGCA poll, #20 by Golfstat and #26 by Golfweek/Sagarin.
he NCAA East Regional will be held at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa., and the NCAA Central Regional will be contested at the Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the top eight teams from each regional, the top two individuals from non-qualifying teams will also advance.
-Courtesy of PEP Athletics