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Pepperdine, USF Continue Play At NCAA West Regional

May 9, 2009

TEAMPE, Ariz. - Pepperdine and San Francisco continued play at the NCAA West Regional on Friday. The Waves finished the day in 11th place after firing a second round team score of 300, while the Dons sit two spots back at 13th place after posting a team score of 304.

Both teams will need big final rounds in order to advance to the NCAA Championships. The top eight teams from the regional advance to the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) began the day tied for sixth place, and she still leads the Waves despite a 3-over 75 that dropped her back into a tie for 13th place with an even-par 144 (69-75). She had four bogeys heading into the final few holes and her only birdie of the round, on the 16th hole, gave her a shot back.

If the Waves don't qualify as a team, Karle could qualify as an individual with a strong final round. The top two individuals outside of the top eight teams will move on to the NCAA Championships. Based on the current standings, she is tied with one other player for the second spot.

Freshman Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) posted the Waves' best round of the day with a 1-over 73. She was around par nearly the entire round, with two birdies and two bogeys on her front nine, and only a late bogey on the 16th hole put her over for the round. Her fine round allowed her jump all the way from a tie for 67th to a tie for 45th place with a 149 (76-73).

Junior Natasha Podmore leads the Dons in a share of 34th place at 147 (71, 76). Junior Diana Hong shot the low round for USF on the day carding a one-over 73 and is tied for 45th place at 149 (76, 73).

Santa Clara sophomore Miki Ueoka, playing as an individual, finished one-over par on Friday in the second round and finished the day tied for 19th place. The Lihue, Hawaii native shot a round of 72 on day one and 73 on day two.