Aug. 31, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Riding the momentum of three consecutive top five finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a third-place showing at the 2006 NCAA Championships, the Pepperdine women's golf team received a No. 6 national ranking in the 2006-07 Golf World Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released on Thursday.
The Waves, who finished fifth in the final 2005 Golfstat rankings, will be led by senior All-American Eileen Vargas, who is coming off a solid junior campaign in which she was tabbed a second team All-American after leading Pepperdine with a 73.0 stroke average and tying for fourth at the NCAA Championships.
Vargas opened her 2005-06 campaign with a first-place showing at the Branch Law / Dick McGuire Invitational in September and claimed individual medalist honors at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational during the spring. She turned in an impressive showing at the NCAA Championships as she was the individual leader after each of the first three rounds before tying for fourth place.
Vargas was ranked No. 8 in Golf World's Top 50 Female Athletes to Watch during the 2006-07 season.
In addition to Vargas, Pepperdine returns a solid line-up that includes juniors Leanne Bowditch and Stephanie Gelleni along with sophomores Jayvie Agojo and Nicole Montgomery. Agojo enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign that included two Top 10 finishes, including individual medalist honors at the West Coast Conference Championships.
The Waves line-up will be furthered bolstered by the addition freshman Misun Cho, who put together an outstanding junior career in Australia.
Laurie Gibbs, who is beginning her 14th year as Pepperdine's head coach, will lead the Waves into action on October 9 when the team opens the season at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Redmond, Washington.
GOLF WORLD'S WOMEN'S PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Duke (17)
2. Arizona State (1)
11. Wake Forest
15. Oklahoma State
16. Texas A&M
21. Louisiana State
22. New Mexico
23. Ohio State
25. Kent State