May 7, 2010
The Pepperdine and San Francisco women's golf teams continued NCAA Regional play on Friday. Led by standout freshman Danielle Kang, the Waves finished the second round in third place at the East Regional at the par-72 Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C. San Francisco shot a second round 325 and are currently tied for 21st at the West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course.
Kang's eagle on the 16th hole lifted her into a share of the lead after two rounds to pace the Waves. Pepperdine shot a 2-over 290 at the par-72 Ironwood Country Club, good for a two-round total of a 5-under 571 (281-290). Only Duke (568) and Tennessee (570) are ahead of the Waves. The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 18-21 in Wilmington, N.C. Pepperdine will head into Saturday's third and final round 12 strokes ahead of the cut line.
Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), a freshman, entered Friday's round tied for second place. She was at 3-over at the turn, but birdied the 12th hole and eagled the par-5 16th hold to get back to par, and finished at 72. She has a 5-under 139 (67-72) and is tied with three other players: Katie Burnett of South Carolina, Kim Donovan of Duke and Rosalyn Kim of Texas Tech.
Sophomore Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C., Canada) also began the round tied for second but dropped back into a tie for seventh with a 3-under 141 (67-74) after a 2-over 74.
Sophomore Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas) was close to a spot in the top 10, but a tough finish dropped her into a tie for 29th place with a 1-over 145 (70-75).
Sophomore Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) had the best round of the day for the Waves and one of the best in the entire field. She fired a 3-under 69 and was one of only five players to break 70. That moved her up nearly 60 spots in the standings, as she's now tied for 35th place with a 2-over 146 (77-69). She had four birdies on her first six holes and had a total of five for the day.