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Pepperdine, San Francisco Open First Round of NCAA West Regional

May 7, 2009

Tempe, AZ -The Pepperdine and USF women's golf teams opened play at the NCAA West Regional at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ on Thursday. The Waves and the Dons finished the first round with identical team scores of 294 to end the day tied for 10th place.

The two WCC powers sit five shots back of cracking the top eight teams in the 21 team field. The top eight teams from each region advance to the NCAA Championship.

Pepperdine sophomore Taylore Karle is in the top 10 after Thursday's first round. Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) had four birdies and just one bogey to record a 3-under 69, which puts her into a tie for sixth place. She was 1-under on her front nine and 2-under on the back nine.

San Francisco junior Natasha Podmore paced the Dons, firing a one-under 71, good for a share of 13th place on the leader board. USF junior Christina Stockton and Santa Clara's Miki Ueuoka, playing as an individual, shot even-par scores of 72 and are tied for 17th place.

No. 1 Arizona State torched their home course with a 15-under 273 in the opening round, 15 shots in front of No. 22 Arizona, Texas and Texas A&M who carded an even-par 288. NO. 16 Arkansas, Texas Christian, No. 25 UC Irvine and No. 5 USC are in a logjam in fifth place at one-over 289. No. 21 California is in ninth place at three-over 291, three shots in front of the Dons and Waves.

Action continues Tuesday morning at the Karsten Golf Course with Ueoka teeing off at 11:20 AM, followed by the Dons at 11:30 AM, and the Waves at 12:20 PM.

Team Scores: 1. Arizona State 273; T2. Arizona 288; T2. Texas 288; T2. Texas A&M 288; T5. Arkansas 289; T5. TCU 289; T5. UC Irvine 289; T5. USC 289; 9. California 291; T10. San Francisco 294; T10. Pepperdine 294; 12. LSU 295; T13. San Jose State 299; T13. UNLV 299; T13. Northern Arizona 299; T13. Long Beach State 299; T13. Oregon 299; T13. Baylor 299; 19. Colorado 309; 20. Oral Roberts 312; 21. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 315.

Top Individuals: 1. Belen Mozo (USC) 66; T2. Jane Chin (UC Irvine) 67; T2. Carlota Ciganda (Arizona State) 67; T4. Allison Goodman (California) 68; T4. Juliana Murcia (Arizona State) 68.

Pepperdine Scores: T6. Taylore Karle 69; T32. Jayvie Agojo 73; T67. Kaitlin Drolson 76; T67. Lisa McCloskey 76; T90. Jessica Wallace 79.

San Francisco Scores: T13. Natasha Podmore 71; T17. Christina Stockton 72; T54. Tinna Johannsdottir 75; T67. Diana Hong 76; T67. Danielle Cvitanov 76