SAN BRUNO, Calif. – West Coast Conference champion BYU and Pepperdine both are in contention after the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Regionals. The Cougars sit in seventh place after 18 holes while the Waves are tied for eighth place.
Gonzaga’s Bianca Pagdanganan turned in an exceptional day competing as an individual at the NCAA Bryan Regional. The 2015-16 WCC Co-Freshman of the Year leads the elite field, firing a 5-under 67 for a one shot lead.
At the end of the three-round tournaments, the top six teams in each Regional and top three individuals not on an advancing team will receive berths to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., later this month.
BYU – NCAA BATON ROUGE REGIONAL (University Club)
BATON ROUGE, La. — Finishing in the top 20 after day one,Lea Garner helped BYU women's golf to a seventh-place tie at the NCAA Division I Regionals, Thursday.
"It was great to see our girls fight hard," BYU head coachCarrie Roberts said. "The wind came up on the second nine, which we played well in. The greens are the tricky part so if we can be confident and decisive we will score better."
The Cougars started off the day shooting 10 over on the back nine. BYU then turned it around and shot even par on the front nine. After the first day of the NCAA Regionals, the Cougars are tied for sixth place out of 18 teams.
Just six strokes separate fourth place and ninth place, while No. 4 Duke and No. 37 BYU are tied for seventh place with No. 48 LSU and No. 28 East Carolina at eighth and ninth, respectively. No. 10 Arizona State sits in front of BYU in sixth place. ASU shot 8 over in Thursday's round.
Garner finished the first round tied for 15th place. She shot 1 over for the day, shooting 2 over on the back nine and then 1 under on the front. Garner birdied holes three, four and six in round one.
Brookyln Hocker also birdied three holes on the front nine to put her at 2 over for the day. Hocker shot a 34 on the front nine and is tied for 25th place after 18 holes of play.
WCC Player of the Year Rose Huang is tied for 32nd place after Thursday's round. Huang started off the day shooting 3 over on the back nine. The freshman then shot even par on the front nine. Huang sits at 3 over for the tournament.
Tied for 41 place, Alexandra White shot a 76 in round one. Starting on hole 10, White shot even par through hole 14. She finished at 1 over through the first nine holes. White finished the day at 4 over. Kendra Dalton shot 13 over on Thursday.
PEPPERDINE – NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL (Stanford Golf Course)
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Patricia Wong and Marissa Chow had strong starts at the NCAA Stanford Regional on Thursday, putting the Pepperdine women’s golf team close to the cut line after the first round of the event.
The Waves shot a 14-over 298 at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course, which is good for a tie for eighth place. Only the top six teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, and currently Colorado and Wake Forest are tied for sixth at 11-over.
Pepperdine, the #13 seed out of the 18-team field, will tee off beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday on the first hole along with Wake Forest and Arkansas.
Wong (Walnut, Calif./Walnut HS) is tied for fourth place after a 1-under 70 and Chow (Honolulu, Hawai’i/Iolani HS) is tied for seventh place after an even-par 71. Wong had a total of three birdies and at one point recorded 11 consecutive pars. Chow had four birdies, three coming on her back nine. Both Waves birdied the final hole of the day.
Freshman Hira Naveed (Perth, Australia) is tied for 64th place at 77, sophomore Tatiana Wijaya (Jakarta, Indonesia) is in 85th at 80 and freshman Hannah Haythorne (Honolulu, Hawai’i/IMG Academy) is tied for 86th at 81.