May 7, 2010
The Pepperdine and San Francisco women's golf teams opened NCAA Regional play on Thursday. The Waves, led by Danielle Kang's and Jessica Wallace's 5-under 67s at the first round of the NCAA East Regional at the Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, NC, finished the day in second place, while USF shot an opening round of 312 and sit in 19th place in the West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course.
The top eight teams will advance from the regional to the NCAA Championships, set for May 18-21 in Wilmington, N.C.
With a 7-under 281 to begin the tournament at the par-72 Ironwood Country Club, the Waves are one stroke out of the lead behind Auburn and are six strokes ahead of the cut line. Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), a freshman, and Wallace (Langley, B.C., Canada), a sophomore, were co-leaders in the clubhouse for a while, but ended the day three shots back and in a tie for second place after East Tennessee State's Nina Muehl recorded an 8-under 64. Kang had a flawless day, recording five birdies and 13 pars during her round. Wallace had a total of seven birdies. Sophomore Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) also had a strong first round, as her 2-under 70 put her into a tie for 10th place. She had a total of five birdies and was 4-under at one point.
USF senior Natasha Podmore leads USF after carding a 6-over 77. Playing in just her fourth competitive round this season, freshman Emily Chiu shot 78 and led the squad with three birdies. Senior Christina Stockton also shot 78. USF tees off second round action Friday starting at 8:00 AM. The Dons will be going off on No. 10.