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Pepperdine Women's Golf Begins NCAA Championships in 14th Place

May 18, 2010

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Pepperdine women's golf team opened the 2010 NCAA Championships in a tie for 14th place after shooting a 9-over 297 on Tuesday.Play will continue at the par-72 Country Club of Landfall with single rounds on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Pepperdine is tied with Texas A&M and Tennessee, while USC leads the tournament at 282. The Waves have finished in the nation's top 10 in eight of their previous nine trips to the NCAA Championships (including a ninth-place result last season) and are three strokes out of the top 10.

Junior Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) led Pepperdine with a 1-over 73, good for a tie for 30th place. She was 4-over after her first five holes but recorded four birdies and just one bogey the rest of the way.

Sophomore Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas) and freshman Danielle Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) are both tied for 49th place after 2-over 74s. Kang had three birdies and McCloskey had two.

Sophomore Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 72nd place with a 76 and sophomore Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C., Canada) is tied for 101st place with a 78.

The Waves had a slow start at the 2009 NCAA Championships, as they were 17th after the first round before rising to ninth at the end.

Top Team Scores: 1. USC 282; 2. Purdue 284; T3. Arizona State 288; T3. UCLA 288; T3. Duke 288; T6. Alabama 289; T6. Florida State 289; 8. TCU 292; 9. Auburn 293; 10. Virginia 294; 11. Oklahoma State 295; T12. Vanderbilt 296; T12. Arizona 296; T14. Pepperdine 297; T14. Texas A&M 297; T14. Tennessee 297; 17. San Jose State 298; 18. Texas 299; T19. South Carolina 300; T19. Stanford 300; 21. Oregon 302; 22. New Mexico 303; 23. Kent State 307; 24. Tulane 311.

Top Individuals: T1. Jennifer Johnson (Arizona State) 67; T1. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (Purdue) 67; T1. Jennifer Song (USC) 67; T4. Brianna Do (UCLA) 68; T4. Kim Donovan (Duke) 68; T4. Cyna Rodriguez (USC) 68.

Pepperdine Scores: T30. Taylore Karle 73; T49. Danielle Kang 74; T49. Lisa McCloskey 74; T72. Kaitlin Drolson 76; T101. Jessica Wallace 78.