2009 NCAA Women's Golf Championships: Fourth Day
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Pepperdine women's golf team and freshman Lisa McCloskey each wrapped up top 10 finishes on Friday after the fourth and final round of the NCAA Championships. The Waves placed ninth as a team while McCloskey took 10th place.
Pepperdine had quite an impressive showing day after day, going from a tie for 17th place after the first round to ninth place after three rounds. The Waves shot a final-round 301 to stay in ninth place with a total of 1,213 strokes (312-298-302-301).
The Waves have finished in the top 10 in eight of their nine trips to the NCAA Championships, all of which have come in the last 11 seasons.
"Anytime you can finish in the top 10 at nationals, it's an accomplishment," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "To start where we were, and to finish where we did, I'm really happy. The conditions were good and the girls just grinded it out. It was really a team effort this week. Everybody contributed, and we had four players that had never played at the NCAA Championships before.
"We got off to a slow start but I knew we would come back and fight the last three days. We played some really good golf on a very difficult course. We went into this thinking that if we averaged around 300 every day, we might have a chance for a top five, top 10 finish. After the first day we didn't know where we might end up. The second day was so key, we played really well and that got us started. In the third round we posted a good score and some teams fell back behind us. To hold onto ninth place at the championships, I'm very happy."
The result by McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) is the seventh occasion that a Pepperdine individual has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. Her final-round 75 gave her a total of an 8-over 296 (74-69-78-75). She began the tournament ranked #98 nationally by Golfstat but finished ahead of 48 golfers ranked ahead of her, including five in the top 10. McCloskey had 15 pars and three bogeys during her final round.
"It's a huge accomplishment for Lisa to finish in the top 10 as a freshman," Gibbs said. "That means she'll automatically earn at least All-American honorable mention honors. She had four really solid rounds. To do what she did says a lot about her maturity and her game. I think there's so much more to come from her in the next few years."
McCloskey earned her fourth top 10 performance of the season, which included medalist honors at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown where she became the first women's collegiate golfer ever to break 200. She was named the West Coast Conference's Freshman of the Year and was an All-WCC first team honoree.
Fellow freshman Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) had the distinction of improving her score in every round. She shot 79-77-76 the first three days and finished with an even-par 72, putting her into a tie for 39th place at 304. After the first round, she was tied for 79th place. She had 15 straight pars to open her round on Friday, then bogied the next hole, but followed it up with a birdie and a par.
"Jessica did great," Gibbs said. "Her game is so steady. Her even-par round was really good today. To make all those pars was huge. That took not only striking the ball well, but putting well."
The Waves' two veterans, senior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Phillippines) and sophomore Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy), both tied for 57th place at 308. Agojo shot 80-78-72-78 and Karle went 79-74-79-76. Both players had one birdie during today's round. Agojo was playing in her third NCAA Championships event and this was her best finish.
Freshman Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) wound up in a tie for 86th place at 314 (80-80-76-78). She had two birdies during her final round.
The tournament was contested at the par-72 Caves Valley Golf Club. Top-ranked Arizona State won its seventh NCAA title by eight strokes with a total of 1,182. Purdue's Maria Hernandez won the individual title by one stroke with a 289.
Team Scores: 1. Arizona State 302-298-291-291=1182; 2. UCLA 296-293-304-297=1190; 3. USC 301-295-294-301=1191; 4. Oklahoma State 303-297-309-290=1199; 5. Denver 294-304-309-299=1206; 6. Duke 308-301-302-296=1207; 7. North Carolina 299-301-306-304=1210; 8. Virginia 305-302-301-304=1212; 9. Pepperdine 312-298-302-301=1213; 10. Purdue 306-301-311-298=1216; 11. Alabama 305-302-311-299=1217; 12. LSU 302-304-309-304=1219; T13. Michigan State 307-303-315-300=1225; T13. Wake Forest 303-300-318-304=1225; 15. Georgia 316-307-301-310=1234; 16. Arizona 310-305-314-306=1235; 17. Tennessee 307-313-306-311=1237; 18. TCU 314-316-301-307=1238; 19. New Mexico 311-314-307-310=1242; 20. Tulane 312-305-317-312=1246; 21. UT-Chattanooga 316-307-305-320=1248; 22. UC Irvine 320-316-312-301=1249; 23. Texas 314-311-313-314=1252; 24. Ohio State 323-311-314-310=1258.
Top Individuals: 1. Maria Hernandez (Purdue) 74-72-72-71=289; 2. Jennifer Song (USC) 72-73-71-74=290; 3. Pernilla Lindberg (Oklahoma State) 74-72-76-69=291; T4. Amanda Blumenherst (Duke) 75-73-74-71=293; T4. Azahara Munoz (Arizona State) 78-71-72-72=293.
Pepperdine Scores: 10. Lisa McCloskey 74-69-78-75=296; T39. Jessica Wallace 79-77-76-72=304; T57. Jayvie Agojo 80-78-72-78=308; T57. Taylore Karle 79-74-79-76=308; T86. Kaitlin Drolson 80-80-76-78=314.
May 21, 2009
2009 NCAA Women's Golf Championships: Third Day
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Thanks to another good round, the Pepperdine women's golf team continued its steady climb up the leaderboard and moved up to ninth place after Thursday's third round of the NCAA Championships.
The Waves were tied for 17th place after Tuesday and were tied for 13th place after Wednesday, but today's 302 at the par-72 Caves Valley Golf Club allowed them to move up four more spots. Among the 24 teams, the Waves tied for the sixth-best round of the day, and Pepperdine now has a total of 912 (312-298-302).
The Waves were in first place among the teams that competed in the morning wave, and as they waited in the clubhouse, four teams in the afternoon wave that started out ahead of Pepperdine - LSU, Alabama, Wake Forest and Purdue - would fall behind.
For the fourth and final round on Friday (May 22), the Waves will be partnered with Oklahoma State and Duke. They will tee off from the 10th hole between 1 and 1:40 p.m. ET.
Freshman Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) fell back a bit after beginning the day tied for second in the individual race, but despite a 78, she is still tied for fifth place with a 5-over 221 (74-69-78). She birdied the third hole but that would be her only one of the round.
There have been six occasions that a Pepperdine golfer has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships, and McCloskey will be hoping to make it seven on Friday. The last to do it was Eileen Vargas in 2006 (tied for fourth place), and the best showing ever by a Wave was Lindsey Wright in 2002 (tied for second place).
McCloskey is five strokes back of the leader, Jennifer Song of USC, who has an even-par 216. Song has a two-stroke lead in the competition.
Senior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Phillippines) had the Waves' best round of the day, an even-par 72. That allowed her to make an enormous jump, going from a tie for 88th place to a tie for 47th place at 230 (80-78-72). She was 2-over at the turn, but had birdies on the 10th, 16th and 17th holes before ending up with a bogey on 18. Agojo had a total of four birdies.
Freshman Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) improved her score for the second consecutive round, firing a 76 to jump up 22 spots and into a tie for 57th place at 232 (79-77-76). One of the players she's tied with is sophomore teammate Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy), who's also at 232 (79-74-79). Both players had two birdies during their rounds.
Freshman Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) had her best round yet by shooting a 76, putting her into a tie for 87th place at 236 (80-80-76). She had a total of four birdies during her round.
May 20, 2009
2009 NCAA Women's Golf Championships: Second Day
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Halfway through the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, Pepperdine freshman Lisa McCloskey stands in a tie for second place thanks to a 3-under 69 on Wednesday, which was the second-best round of the day. As a team, the Waves moved up four spots and are now tied for 13th place.
McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) began the second round tied for 12th place but she was one of only two players to break 70 at the par-72 Caves Valley Golf Club today. McCloskey is tied with two other players with a 1-under 143 (74-69), two strokes back of UCLA's Maria Jose Uribe, who shot a 6-under 66 today.
McCloskey, who was named the West Coast Conference's Freshman of the Year, made national notice last fall when she became the first women's collegiate golfer ever to break 200 when she won the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with a 17-under 199.
She had a total of five birdies on Wednesday, three on the front nine and two on the back nine. She could have had second place all to herself except for a bogey, just her second of the day, on the 18th hole. She is tied for the tournament lead with a total of eight birdies through two rounds.
Thanks to McCloskey's performance and better second-day scores by other members of the Waves' lineup, Pepperdine improved as a team by 14 strokes and shot a 298, good for a total of 610 (312-298). The Waves, who were one of just five teams to break 300 today, are tied with Michigan State. They are just three strokes away from the top 10.
The third and fourth rounds will be contested on Thursday and Friday (May 21-22). The Waves will be partnered up with Michigan State and Arizona on Thursday and will tee off the first hole between 8:30 and 9:10 a.m. ET.
Sophomore Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) improved by five strokes and moved up more than 30 spots after a 2-over 74. She is now tied for 48th place at 153 (79-74). She was 4-over through 12 holes but posted birdies on the 13th and 17th holes.
Freshman Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) remained tied for 79th place after a 77, good for a total of 156 (79-77). Senior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Phillippines) is tied for 88th place at 158 (80-78) and freshman Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 98th at 160 (80-80). Wallace and Agojo had two birdies apiece and Drolson had one.
May 19, 2009
2009 NCAA Women's Golf Championships: First Day
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Pepperdine freshman Lisa McCloskey opened up the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday with a two-over 74, putting her into a tie for 12th place. As a team, the Waves are tied for 17th place.
McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS), the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, had three birdies during her round. She is two shots out of third place and four strokes back of the leaders. Only two individuals shot sub-par scores during the first round at the par-72 Caves Valley Golf Club.
The Waves shot a 312 as a team and are tied with Tulane. Pepperdine is just seven shots away from 10th place with three rounds still to be played between Wednesday and Friday (May 20-22). Denver leads the tournament after a 294.
For Wednesday's second round, the Waves will again be partnered with UT-Chattanooga and Georgia, and they will tee off between 1:20 p.m. and 2 p.m. ET.
Besides McCloskey, the rest of the Waves are bunched up together. Sophomore Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) and freshman Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) shot 79s and are tied for 79th place. Senior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Phillippines) and freshman Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) shot 80s and are tied for 91st place.
Karle had three birdies, Wallace had two and Drolson had one.
The Waves are making their ninth NCAA Championships appearance in the last 11 years, with a program-best finish of second place in 2003.
Courtesy of Pepperdine University Sports Information