Women's Golf Moves Up to Second at Bruin Wave Invitational
March 1, 2011
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The best score of the day lifted the Pepperdine women's golf team into second place after Tuesday's second round of the Bruin Wave Invitational at Robinson Ranch Golf Club.
The two tournament co-hosts are 1-2 in the standings. UCLA has a nine-stroke lead with a 1-under 575 (281-294). Pepperdine moved up from fourth place after an even-par 288 and into second with a total of 584 (296-288). Arizona sits in third, three strokes back of the Waves.
The third and final round begins at 8 a.m. on the par-72 Valley Course. The first grouping of the Waves, Bruins and Wildcats will start on the first tee at 9:20 a.m.
Freshman Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) led the charge for the Waves. Her 3-under 69, which included four birdies and just one bogey, tied Arizona's Margarita Ramos for the best score of the day. It moved Cheng up into a tie for third place with a 1-under 143 (74-69). She stands two strokes back of Texas' Rebecca Lee-Bentham and UCLA's Stephanie Kono, who are at 3-under.
Sophomore Danielle Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS), who won the inaugural Bruin Wave Invitational last year, is tied for sixth place with an even-par 144 (71-73). Kang was at 4-under overall and was leading the tournament at the turn, but then had a couple of mishaps on the back nine before closing with a birdie on the 18th hole. Kang leads the tournament with nine birdies.
Freshman Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) was consistent from one day to the next, shooting her second straight 74 to put her into a tie for 11th place at 148.
Senior Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) also had a very good day, moving up 21 spots on the leaderboard to a tie for 15th place thanks to an even-par 72. She is at 149 (77-72) after recording four birdies today, including two on the final four holes.
Junior Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 41st place at 155 (77-78). One of those tied with Drolson is freshman Danielle Gillaspy (Santa Maria, Calif./St. Joseph's HS), who is playing as an individual and has shot 75-80. Also playing as an individual, senior Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad) is tied for 77th at 167 (82-85).
The weather cooperated again on Tuesday, with partly cloudy skies and a high of around 60 degrees. The wind, which was largely absent on Monday, picked up on Tuesday.
Team Scores: 1. UCLA 281-294=575; 2. Pepperdine 296-288=584; 3. Arizona 292-295=587; 4. San Diego State 295-302=597; 5. Texas 303-298=601; 6. Stanford 304-300=604; 7. Brigham Young 303-307=610; 8. New Mexico 311-301=612; 9. Long Beach State 309-308=617; 10. New Mexico State 309-310=619; 11. Oklahoma State 305-315=620; 12. Oregon State 321-304=625; 13. UNLV 303-325=628; 14. Cal State Northridge 314-322=636; 15. Washington State 319-323=642.
Top Individuals: T1. Rebecca Lee-Bentham (Texas) 71-70=141; T1. Stephanie Kono (UCLA) 70-71=141; T3. Liv Cheng (Pepperdine) 74-69=143; T3. Lee Lopez (UCLA) 70-73=143; T3. Glory Yang (UCLA) 69-74=143.
Other Pepperdine Scores: T6. Danielle Kang 71-73=144; T11. Grace Na 74-74=148; T15. Taylore Karle 77-72=149; T41. Kaitlin Drolson 77-78=155; T41. *Danielle Gillaspy 75-80=155; T77. *Martine de Gannes 82-85-167.
* playing as an individual