May 4, 2009
San Bruno, Calif. - 2009 WCC Women's Golf Champion, Pepperdine University, along with the University of San Francisco, and Santa Clara University's Miki Ueoka will be participating in this year's NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship West Regionals on May 7-9.
This will be Pepperdine's 11th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance as the No. 4 seed after taking the WCC title for the 11th time in 13 years. The Waves are shooting for their ninth NCAA Championships appearance in 11 years.
Pepperdine, currently No. 13 in all three major ranking systems, have won three tournaments during the 2008-09 season with the help of 2009 WCC Medalist Jayvie Agojo and all-conference members Taylore Karle, Kaitlin Drolson, Lisa McCloskey and Jessica Wallace.
San Francisco, the WCC's second place finisher, will be joining the Waves as the No. 10 seed at the NCAA West Regionals for its seventh NCAA Regional bid in nine years. The Dons enter the postseason ranked No. 27 by Golfstat and No. 32 by Golfweek.
San Francisco enjoyed a record-setting season in 2008-09, led by 2009 Coach of the Year Ria Quiazon, 2009 WCC Player of the Year, Danielle Cvitanov, and all-conference members Christina Stockton and Diana Hong. The Dons posted top-five finishes in every event it competed in and shattered multiple program records, including average team score (300.17), stroke average (75.90) and top-five finishes (9).
The Pepperdine and San Francisco women's teams will compete with 19 other teams at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ. The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club, hosted by Georgetown.
The teams competing at the West Regional, in order of seeding, include: Arizona State, USC, Louisiana State, Pepperdine, Arkansas, San Jose State, Arizona, California, UC Irvine, San Francisco, UNLV, TCU, Texas A&M, Oregon, Long Beach State, Colorado, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Northern Arizona and Oral Roberts.
Competing in the individual tournament will be Santa Clara's Miki Ueoka. Ueoka is the first-ever Santa Clara women's golfer to qualify for the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship Regionals.
A two-time all-conference member, Ueoka had a tremendous comeback at this year's WCC Championships. At the end of the first round, she was tied for 21st place and finished the tournament tied for second overall, the highest finish by a Bronco female in WCC Tournament history. Ueoka was also named WCC Player of the Month for February and March after winning back-to-back individual titles.
Individually, Ueoka will be joined by UC Davis' Chelsea Stelzmiller and Alice Kim.
2009 WCC Women's Golf Championships Recap
Vallejo, Calif. - At the 2009 WCC women's golf championships, it was the Pepperdine Waves yet again taking home the title. They have now won eight straight and 11 out of the last 12 league titles on the women's side. The Waves finished the first round ahead of the pack with a 297 first round, followed by a 304 second round, to give them just a two stroke lead on second place San Francisco.
On day three, the Waves came through again, finishing with a third round score of 304, 16 strokes better than the next best team, San Francisco.
The Waves were led by senior Jayvie Agojo, who took home the individual title for the second time in her career, with a three-round score of 221 (+5). She also won back in 2006, her freshman year, when she also shot 221 for the three rounds. Agojo was followed by freshman Kaitlin Drolson, who shot a three-round score of 228 (+12), to tie with Gonzaga's Rachel Sibbitt and Santa Clara's Miki Ueoka for second place overall.
Coming in at second was San Francisco, who shot a three-round score of 923, for its eighth straight runner up finish. The Dons were led by juniors Diana Hong and Danielle Cvitanov, who both finished the tournament with a score of 231 (+15), finishing tied for fifth overall. Sibbitt and Ueoka finished with a score of 228 (+12) to tie for second place, becoming their program's highest finisher in school history at the tournament.
Santa Clara finished with a three-round score of 941 to come in at third place. Gonzaga improved upon its fifth place finish from last year coming in at fourth with a score of 956. Portland rounded out the women's field with a three-round score of 981, to finish in fifth place