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No. 14 Pepperdine and Gonzaga Conclude Seasons at NCAA Regionals

May 10, 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Pepperdine women's golf team suffered a heartbreaking end to its season on Saturday as the Waves finished in ninth place at the NCAA East Regional, just one stroke behind eighth-place Campbell.

Equally saddening was the end of senior Grace Na's career, as the three-time All-American and four-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year came up just short of advancing to the NCAA Championships when she lost in a playoff for the final individual spot.

The Waves shot a 293 on Saturday at the par-72 SouthWood Golf Course and finished with a 16-over 880 (290-297-293). For a while it didn't appear that the Waves would be that close to a top-eight finish, but once Pepperdine's round was done, at least a couple of teams still on the course during the morning wave faltered coming down the stretch. Campbell almost did the same, but finished with a 298 on the day and a total of 879, allowing the Camels to hold on and edge Pepperdine for the eighth and final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships.

When the morning wave finished, it still looked good for Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) to advance as one of the top two low-scoring players from the non-qualifying teams. She and East Tennessee State's Gabriella Wahl both finished with 4-under 212s, and there wasn't another player still on the course within several strokes.

However, Baylor's Hayley Davis shot a 5-under 67 in the afternoon, allowing her to finish in a tie for second place with a 6-under 210 and jumping her ahead of both Na and Wahl.

After sitting and waiting for several hours for the afternoon wave to finish, Na and Wahl went back out to the course for a playoff that would determine the second qualifier. Unfortunately for the Na and the Waves, Wahl eagled the par-5 fourth hole to win the playoff.

Na wound up in a tie for seventh place with her 4-under 212 (69-72-71). Her 1-under 71 on Saturday included three birdies. It was the 37th below-par round of her career, leaving Na just one shy of the school record held by Katherine Hull. It was her 14th of the season, tying her with Hull for the most ever in one season. 

Gonzaga shot a 219 in the final round and jumped two spots to finish 20th in the NCAA West Regional at Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort Sunday. The Bulldogs finished with a final tally of 954 (317, 319, 318) to wrap up its second straight postseason appearance. 

Raychelle Santos paced Gonzaga with a 3-over 75 in the final round. As a team, the Bulldogs carded 10 birdies, the majority coming on the back nine. WCC Championship medalist Alice Kim and T. J. Kliebphipat tied for the team’s top finish in a share of 79th place at 238.

From PepperdineSports.com and GoZags.com