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Pepperdine Women's Golf Rallies to Earn NCAA Berth

May 9, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. - Pepperdine and San Francisco women's golf concluded play at the NCAA West Regional on Saturday with the Waves using a big final round and some help to advance to the NCAA Championships. The Waves tied for the best round of the day, moving up three spots to claim eighth place.

Only the top eight teams in the 21-team field advanced to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Host Arizona State won by 19 strokes at its own par-72 Karsten Golf Course, while USC, LSU, TCU, UC Irvine, Texas and Arizona were the other qualifiers in addition to Pepperdine.

The Waves began the day in 11th place and nine shots back of the eighth-place team. But thanks to a 3-under 285, which tied LSU for the best score of the third round, the Waves finished with a 15-over 879 (294-300-285). It also helped that the Waves' closest competitors faltered down the stretch.

Three of Pepperdine's players - senior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Phillippines) and freshmen Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) and Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) - shot subpar rounds on Saturday to lead the charge. Wallace shot a 3-under 69, her best round of the entire season, while the other two had 1-under 71s.

The Dons were led by juniors Diana Hong and Natasha Podmore who shot 224 who shared 51st place in the 21-team field featuring 108 players.

Agojo and McCloskey were Pepperdine's low finishers, tying for 27th place with 4-over 220s. Agojo, the medalist at the recent WCC Championships, shot 73-76-71, while McCloskey improved her score by multiple strokes each round, going 76-73-71. Both players had three birdies and two bogeys today.

Santa Clara sophomore Miki Ueoka fought hard for an opportunity to advance to the 2009 NCAA Division Women's Golf Championships Saturday. However, she was defeated on the second try of a playoff to bring her remarkable season to a close.

Ueoka battled back from being tied for 19th to finish tied for ninth in a field of 108 players. She carded a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish one-under 215 for the tournament.

With the top nine individuals advancing with their teams and Alice Kim of UC Davis earning one individual qualifying spot, it came down to Cathryn Bristow of Oregon and Ueoka. The Lihue, Hawaii native was tied with Bristow. The two went head-to-head in a playoff to determine which individual would advance to the championships. Bristow made a birdie on the second try of a playoff on Hole 18 to defeat Ueoka.

The Waves, who were making their 11th consecutive regional appearance and were the #5 seed, have qualified for their ninth NCAA Championships berth in the last 11 years. They missed the tournament in 2008.

Team Scores: 1. Arizona State 273-283-286=842; 2. USC 289-283-289=861; 3. LSU 295-288-285=868; T4. TCU 289-283-291=873; T4. UC Irvine 289-284-300=873; T4. Texas 288-290-295=873; 7. Arizona 288-300-288=876; 8. Pepperdine 294-300-285=879; T9. Arkansas 289-296-297=882; T9. California 291-297-294=882; 11. Texas A&M 288-297-300=885; 12. Oregon 299-298-293=890; 13. San Jose State 299-305-296=900; 14. San Francisco 294-304-303=901; 15. Baylor 299-309-294=902; 16. UNLV 299-313-293=905; 17. Long Beach State 299-310-299=908; 18. Northern Arizona 299-309-309=917; 19. Colorado 309-308-305=922; 20. Oral Roberts 312-305-314=931; 21. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 315-303-316=934.