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No. 14 Pepperdine and No. 40 Gonzaga Complete Opening Round in 2014 NCAA Regionals

May 8, 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Grace Na shot a 3-under 69 to lead the Pepperdine women's golf team during Thursday's first round of the NCAA East Regional, but the Waves are one stroke out of a top-eight placement that would allow them to move on to the NCAA Championships.

The Waves shot a 2-over 290 at the par-72 SouthWood Golf Course and are tied with host Florida State in ninth place. Only the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Waves and Seminoles are just one stroke behind Texas State, Central Florida and East Tennessee State. Pepperdine is also one stroke ahead of a pair of top-10 ranked teams in South Carolina and Stanford, who are tied for 11th.

Pepperdine will again be paired with Vanderbilt and Central Florida during Friday's second round, and the teams will tee off the first hole at 1:11 p.m. ET / 10:11 a.m. PT. The third and final round is on Saturday.

The 2-over actually tied the fifth-best round ever by Pepperdine at an NCAA Regional.

Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS), a senior who is a four-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a three-time All-American, is tied for ninth place after her opening round. The 36th below-par round of her career moved her within two of the school record. She had a total of six birdies during her round, including five of them coming on her first seven holes.

Sophomore Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) is tied for 19th place after a 1-under 71. Her day began with birdies on her first two holes. Over the final nine holes, she had one birdie and eight pars.

Junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) had a total of five birdies en route to a 1-over 73, putting her into a tie for 46th place. She had three consecutive birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes.

Senior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) is tied for 99th place after a 77 and junior Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) is tied for 109th place at 78.

The NCAA Championships will be held May 20-23 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club. Pepperdine has advanced 11 times after its previous 15 trips to regionals. The last time the Waves moved on after being outside the top eight after the first round was 2009. 

CLE ELUM, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s women’s golf team shot an opening-round 317 Monday at the NCAA West Regional at Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort. The Bulldogs are tied for 21st with 18 holes in the books.

Freshman Ciera Min’s 78 was the best round of the day for the Bulldogs over the 6,252 yard, par 72 layout.

Gonzaga, the 17th seed, will tee off at 7:30 a.m. on the first hole for Friday’s second round of the 54-hole tournament which will send the top eight teams to the NCAA finals.

The University of Southern California shot a 288 for a 4-stroke lead over host University of Washington.

From PepperdineSports.com and GoZags.com