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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Two West Coast Conference student-athletes were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-Regional Teams. All-WCC First Team selections Lea Garner of BYU and Bianca Pagdanganan of Gonzaga each collected honors.
Both Garner and Pagdanganan will be competing in the NCAA Nationals beginning Thursday, May 20 at the Eugene Country Club. Garner will lead the WCC Champion Cougars into battle, while Pagdanganan is the first Bulldog – male or female to compete on college golf’s biggest stage.
After tying for fourth place at the Division I Baton Rouge NCAA Regional, BYU senior Lea Garner was named to the 2015-16 All-Region Team by the Women's Golf Coaches Association on Tuesday.
Garner shot 3-under at the NCAA Regional event in Baton Rouge, carding a 69 (-3) in the second round of the tournament.
The senior's eight-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of round three ultimately helped send BYU women's golf to the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Oregon for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Garner recorded three top-5 and top-10 finishes this season. Garner's best finish of the year came at the WCC Championship April 18-20, as she tied for second place with teammate Rose Huang.
Pagdanganan had a stellar tournament in Bryan, becoming the first Gonzaga golfer to clinch a berth to the NCAA Championships. Pagdanganan tied for eighth with a 2-under-214 at Traditions Golf Club, tying for the fifth-lowest tournament score in program history. A native of Quezon City, Philippines, Pagdanganan was one of the tournament's leaders for the first 45 holes, ending day one with the lead and taking second place after round two. Her 36-hole score of 136 (-8) was the program's lowest by three strokes, and her first-round 67 (-5) was tied for Gonzaga women's golf's second-lowest round in relation to par.
The All-Region Teams are compiled of the top-10 individual finishers and ties at each regional event.