May 10, 2006
PEPPERDINE SEEDED NO. 3 IN CENTRAL REGION
USF's Jessica Potter To Compete In NCAA West Regional
The Pepperdine women's golf team, ranked No. 7 in the latest Golfstat rankings, earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Central Regional. The Waves will travel to Bryan, Texas, where they will compete at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M May 11-13. In addition, University of San Francisco sophomore Jessica Potter was selected to compete as an individual in the West Regional at the Washington National Golf Club in Las Auburn, Washington. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region. Led by Head Coach Laurie Gibbs, Pepperdine enters regional play seeking its seventh NCAA Championships appearance in the last eight years. The Waves finished fourth at last year's NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Florida, and advanced to their sixth NCAA Championships where they finished fourth at the Sunriver Resort Meadows Course in Sunriver, Oregon. The Waves' best-ever showing at the regionals came in 2002 when they tied for first place at the NCAA West Regionals. In 2003, the Waves placed fourth at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona, and went on to the nationals where they finished second.
NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
Traditions Club - Bryan, Texas
Texas A&M University
No. 3 Seed Pepperdine
NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Washington National Golf Club - Las Auburn, Washington
University of Washington
Individual - Jessica Potter, USF
2006 WCC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Freshman Jayvie Agojo became the fifth straight Pepperdine player and eighth in the last nine years to claim individual medalist honors as she helped the eighth-ranked Waves capture their fifth straight West Coast Conference women's golf championship Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 5,823-yard Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, California. Agojo finished with a 54-hole score of 5-over par 221 to register a two-shot victory over teammate and three-time WCC champion Carolina Llano, who turned in a 7-over par total of 223. All five Pepperdine players finished in the Top 10 to help the Waves record a three-round total of 899 and register a 25-shot victory over San Francisco. The Dons finished with a score of 924. Santa Clara (952) was third, followed by Gonzaga (973) and Portland (984).
AROUND THE WCC
WCC In The Rankings
Two West Coast Conference women's golf teams are ranked in the latest Golfweek rankings. Pepperdine, a legitimate contender for the national title, owns a No. 7 ranking, while San Francisco checks in with a No. 74 listing. Individually, four WCC golfers are ranked in the top 100. The Waves Eileen Vargas is ranked No. 14, while teammate Carolina Llano checks in at No. 41. USF's Jessica Potter is ranked No. 59 in the latest listings, while Pepperdine's Leanne Bowditch comes in at No. 85.
In Good Company
If history is any indication, Pepperdine freshman Jayvie Agojo is going to have a standout career with the Waves. Agojo became the third women's golfer in WCC history to take home the conference's Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards in the same season. Agojo, who fired a 5-over par 211 to earn individual medalist honors at the WCC Championships, follows in the footsteps of former Waves All-American Lindsey Wright and current teammate and All-American Carolina Llano as the only golfers to pull off the feat.
USF's Potter Headed To NCAA West Regionals
USF's Jessica Potter will continue her standout sophomore campaign at the NCAA West Regional at the Washington National, hosted by the University of Washington this weekend. Potter, ranks No. 59 nationally in the current Golfweek.com rankings with a 73.80 stroke average, qualified to compete as an individual. She is the third golfer in program history to qualify for the NCAA Regionals as an individual and the first since 2001.
Waves Among The Nation's Elite
Pepperdine, which has advanced to the NCAA Championships in five of the past six years, is ranked No. 8 nationally according to Golfweek, which combined its Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings for the past six years. Duke, the defending national champion is No. 1 in the rankings. The entire Top 10 includes:
6. Oklahoma State
WCC TEAM NOTES
- Gonzaga junior Mary Kate Morgan shot a final-round 74 at the WCC Championships to tie for third place, matching the highest individual placing ever for a Bulldog at the conference event. Morgan joined Lisa Wasinger as the highest Bulldog placer, Wasinger also tying for third in the inaugural WCC Championship in 1997. Morgan finished ninth last season.
- Earlier this season, Morgan became the first Gonzaga University women's golfer to win a major tournament when she shot an even-par 72 to win the Red Rock Invitational (2/26) by two strokes.
- Lacey Jo Manwaring finished 14th for the Bulldogs at 245, Lauren Phillips tied for 18th at 249 and Sarah Sheffield tied for 21st at 252. Jennifer Swanson, who withdrew after five holes of the second round because of a sore back, returned to the course in the final round to try and help the team score and shot an 87.
- Morgan was named to the All-WCC first team and Manwaring was accorded honorable mention recognition. Morgan, an honorable-mention selection last season, joins Wasinger as the only All-WCC first-team selections in Gonzaga history.
- The Waves earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Central Regional and will travel to Bryan, Texas, where they will compete at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M beginning Thursday, May 11.
- Pepperdine was led by freshman Jayvie Agojo at the WCC Championships. Agojo became the fifth straight Wave and eighth in the last nine years to claim individual medalist honors as she helped Pepperdine capture its fifth straight WCC title.
- All five Waves players finished in the Top 10 to help the Waves capture the WCC Championship. They were rewarded as all five were named to the All-WCC first team, while Agojo was selected Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Joining Agojo on the All-WCC was Leanne Bowditch, Marina Choi, Carolina Llano, and Eileen Vargas.
- Head Coach Laurie Gibbs was tabbed the conference's Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and seventh time in the last nine years.
- Pepperdine enters regional play seeking its seventh NCAA Championships appearance in the last eight years.
- The University of Portland women's golf team finished its 2006 campaign with a fifth-place finish at the West Coast Conference Golf Championships played at Saddle Creek Golf Course.
- Sophomore Molly Edmunds carded a 239 for Portland and finished 13th individually to earn honorable mention All-WCC honors. Edmunds finished in the top 20 in six of nine tournaments this season and was the Pilots' top individual finisher in eight of those nine tournaments
- Pilot junior Ashley Williams tied for 15th overall at 247 at the WCC Championships, while sophomore Kristin Howell tied for 18th at 249. Junior Melanie Lee was 23rd at 254 and freshman Taryn Kuida rounded out the UP contingent in 24th place with a 256.
- Edmunds led the Pilots in stroke average with a 78.96 clip, while her second round score of 72 at the Cal Poly Invitational was a team season low.
- The Pilots best showing of the 2005-06 season came at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational where UP took home sixth place out of the 13-team field.
San Francisco Dons
- USF sophomore Jessica Potter qualified for an individual berth in the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional beginning Thursday, May 11 at the Washington National, hosted by the University of Washington. Potter becomes the third golfer in program history to qualify as an individual and the first since 2001 WCC Championship Medalist Emilie Arnaud accomplished the feat in 2000.
- Potter ranks No. 59 nationally in the current Golfweek.com rankings with a 73.80 stroke average and owns a 9-12-2 record against individuals ranked in the top-50 of women's Division I golf.
- Potter enjoyed an outstanding spring season for the Dons, capturing her first career medalist honors at the 2006 Duck Women's Golf Invitational. The WCC Player of the Month for March also posted a runner-up showing at the 2006 Peg Barnard Invitational and placed third at the WCC Championships and the 2006 San Jose State Spartan Invitational.
- USF failed to qualify as a team for the first time since 2000, snapping a school women's athletics record of five straight NCAA Regional appearances. The Dons posted their fifth consecutive runner-up showing to Pepperdine at the 2006 WCC Championships.
Santa Clara Broncos
- The Santa Clara University women's golf team concluded the WCC Championships from Saddle Creek Golf Course with a third-place finish. It marked the third consecutive season that the Broncos took home third place.
- Junior Megan Stoddart, a transfer from the University of Hawaii finished tied for seventh at the WCC Championships and earned first-team All-WCC honors.
- Junior Samantha Trask finished 12th, while senior Candice Palmer tied for 15th place. Sophomore Jenny Nelson finished the tournament with a score of 249, while fellow sophomore Corey Utsurogi rounded things out for the Broncos with a 252.
- Trask and Palmer were rewarded for their top-15 finishes, earning All-WCC honorable mention status.
- Stoddart enjoyed a stellar first season at Santa Clara. In addition to earning All-WCC first team honors, Stoddart led the Broncos in stroke average with a 77.16 clip, leading SCU to four top five finishes in 2005-06. She opened her SCU career with a victory at the Bronco Fall Invitational in Boise, Idaho in the fall.