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No. 22 Pepperdine and Gonzaga Open Play in 2015 NCAA Women's Golf Regionals

May 7, 2015

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - No. 22 Pepperdine and Gonzaga opened play in the 2015 NCAA Women's Golf Regional. The reigning WCC Champion Waves sit in ninth place at 11-over, while the Bulldogs are 17th overall at 18-over after their respective opening rounds.

Making their 17th straight NCAA Regional appearance, the Waves will tee off on No. 10 at the Warren Golf Course at 8:000 p.m. ET. Gonzaga begins its second 18 of its third straight postseason berth 7:09 a.m. PT off No. 10 at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

PEPPERDINE - SOUTH BEND REGIONAL (Notre Dame, Ind./Warren Golf Course)

Marissa Chow shot an even-par 72 to lead the Pepperdine women's golf team during the first round of the NCAA South Bend Regional on Thursday, but the Waves have opened the tournament three shots back of where they need to be.

Only the top six teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, and the 22nd-ranked and sixth-seeded Waves are currently tied for ninth place after an 11-over 299. Kent State and Oklahoma State are tied for the last two spots above the cut line at 296.

Play continues at the par-72 Warren Golf Course with Friday's second round. The Waves will be paired with Kentucky and Notre Dame and will start off the 10th hole at 8 a.m. ET. The third and final round is on Saturday.

The Waves were in good shape after the front nine as their four scoring players were at just 3-over at the turn. But a few more bogeys were recorded on the back nine as those four had a combined 8-over.

Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS), a junior who is the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, had four birdies during her round. She was 2-over after 13 holes but birdies on 14 and 18 got her back to par.

Senior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) is tied for 25th place after a 2-over 74. She had three birdies during her round.

GONZAGA - SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL (San Antonio, Texas/Briggs Ranch Golf Club) Senior Alice Kim leads the way for Gonzaga after shooting a two-under-par 70, her second-lowest round of the year. She played a steady front nine, parring eight holes and birdying No. 14. On her back nine - the first nine holes of Briggs Ranch as the Zags teed off on No. 10 - Kim posted two more birdies, three pars, three bogeys, and an eagle. The Honolulu, Hawaii native needed just three strokes to hole out on the 492-yard par 5 fifth hole, putting her back under par for the round. She's tied for 14th with 10 other players and is just one stroke back of a position that could advance to the NCAA Championships.

Next up for Gonzaga, sophomore Ciera Min saw a tremendous start to her round, birdying three of her first four holes. She made the turn at 2-under-par but picked up three bogeys in her final seven holes to end at 73 (+1). She's in a seven-way tie for 39th and two strokes away from the top 25.

"Alice was very good today," said Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel. "She hit the ball solidly and had a great determination about her. Ciera had a fantastic start. [She] was three under and could have been four or five. She fought hard after that but just had a few putts not fall."

As a team, Gonzaga is in 17th with a cumulative score of 306, 18 strokes above par. The Bulldogs are within 10 strokes of five teams, however, including two ranked squads in No. 19 Arizona State and No. 46 Houston. No. 14 Tennessee leads the team competition with a 12-under-par 276, and 43rd-ranked Texas is sixth at 1-under-par 287. The top six teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in two weeks.

From PepperdineSports.com and GoZags.com