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No. 23 Pepperdine and Gonzaga Conclude Seasons in NCAA Regionals

May 10, 2015

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - No. 22 Pepperdine and Gonzaga wrapped up play in the 2015 NCAA Women's Golf Regional round. The reigning WCC Champion Waves and the Bulldogs concluded play for the 2014-15 season after turning in strong campaigns.

Pepperdine competed in its 17th straight postseason, while Gonzaga made its third straight NCAA Regional berth.

PEPPERDINE - SOUTH BEND REGIONAL (Notre Dame, Ind./Warren Golf Course)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Pepperdine women's golf team turned in its best round of the NCAA South Bend Regional on Saturday, but the Waves' season came to an end with a 13th-place finish.

Pepperdine shot a 9-over 297 at the par-72 Warren Golf Course to finish with a three-day score of 904 (299-308-297).

To qualify for the NCAA Championships, the Waves needed to finish in the top six, but they ended up 16 shots back of the cut line. Duke, Wake Forest, UC Davis, Arizona, Tulane and Purdue earned the right to advance.

Junior Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS), the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a returning All-American, concluded her season on a good note with a 1-under 71, the best round of the tournament for the Waves. She finished in a tie for 36th place at 226 (72-83-71) to lead the Waves. The strong ending moved her up 30 spots on the leaderboard.

Chow was 2-over after seven holes but she birdied the par-5 17th, and later eagled the par-4 third hole before ending her round with six straight pars. She finished with her 11th below-par round of the season.

Freshman Katherine Zhu (Vancouver, B.C.) tied for 41st at 227 (76-75-76). Over the course of the three days, she had 39 pars, tied for fifth-most in the tournament.

Senior Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) continued her streak of playing her best golf in the final round of the tournament at every event this season. She shot an even-par 72 to move 22 spots up the leaderboard, and finished in a tie for 65th at 231 (83-76-72). She had three birdies during her round.

Senior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) tied for 72nd at 233 (74-78-81) and freshman Tatiana Wijaya (Jakarta, Indonesia) tied for 76th at 234 (77-79-78).

The Waves were making their 17th consecutive regional appearance. They've advanced to the NCAA Championships 11 times.

GONZAGA - SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL (San Antonio, Texas/Briggs Ranch Golf Club) Like she had all week, Alice Kim ended the day atop the Gonzaga lineup after a final round 74 (+2). She made the turn at even par, but a double bogey on her 10th hole gave her two additional strokes. Two birdies and two bogeys later, she wrapped up the round-- and her GU career--at 74. She tied for 26th in the tournament with 217 strokes, one stroke above par. The finish is the highest individual finish by a Zag in a Regional.

Ciera Min spent the entire tournament as the second-ranked Zag, also wrapping up with a 74 (+2). Min played both nines at one over par, counting three birdies and 11 pars on the day. She finished the tournament tied for 40th with 219 strokes (+3), also better than any Zag in Gonzaga's past two NCAA outings.

A senior, Han Wu also saw a strong end to her Gonzaga career by firing a 1-over-par 73, the lowest round by a Bulldog on Saturday. She made the turn at even par after offsetting two bogeys with two birdies on her front nine, and she added six pars, two bogeys, and a birdie in the final nine holes. Wu finished the tournament with 232 strokes (+16), good for a tie at 80th.

Raychelle Santos closed the Regionals with a 4-over-par 76, her best round of the spring season. The La Quinta, Calif., native parred six of her first seven holes, making the turn at one over par. She added two pars and a couple birdies on her final nine for the 76. She finished in a tie for 85th with a three-day total of 235, 19 strokes above par.

Rounding out the lineup, Dania Uy shot 81 (+9), her lowest round of the tournament. The freshman's first four holes were a bit rocky at five-over-par, but she collected herself and carded five straight pars and opened her second nine with a birdie. Uy moved into 94th with a three-day score of 264 (+48).

As a team, Gonzaga counted 297 strokes (+9), its lowest score of the tournament by three. They moved into 15th place with a three-day tally of 903, 39 strokes over par. The score is also the Zags' lowest at an NCAA Regional.

"The team played hard today, and Alice had the best finish ever at Regionals for us," said GU head coach Brad Rickel. "In the end we just were not healthy enough to compete the way we want to. You have to have five healthy people playing well to compete at this level."

Baylor won the team contest with a three-day tally of 842, 22 strokes below par. UCLA, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington, and Texas Tech also advanced to the NCAA Championships held May 22-27 in Bradenton, Fla. Individually, the Bears' Hayley Davis earned medalist honors with a 16-under-par 200 on the tournament. Arizona State's Monica Vaughn, Oregon State's Anica Yoo, and Texas' Bertine Strauss each advanced to the Championships as individuals and were all tied for sixth at 212 (-4).

From PepperdineSports.com and GoZags.com