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Drolson Leads Waves to Fifth-Place Tie at Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Kaitlin Drolson
Kaitlin Drolson

March 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior Kaitlin Drolson tied for fourth place, one of the best finishes of her career, to help the Pepperdine women's golf to a solid tie for fifth place at the rain-shortened Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn on Tuesday.

The Waves shot 302-300 for a total of 602 and tied with Tulane. Pepperdine, #21 in Golfstat's ratings, finished only behind four teams in the top 20. They also beat a couple of top 20 teams in Washington and Arizona.

The event was originally supposed to be 54 holes over three days but Sunday's planned first round at the par-72 Championship Golf Course at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa was rained out.

The tie for fourth place was the best regular-season result ever by Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), who has finished in the top five at the West Coast Conference Championships each of the last three years. Not counting the WCCs, her best previous finish was a tie for seventh at the 2011 UNLV Spring Invitational.

She shot two straight 1-over 73s to finish with a 2-over 146, four strokes behind the winner.

Sophomore Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) and freshman Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) both tied for 26th place at 152. Cheng shot 78-74 and Ching went 73-79. Cheng's solid second round moved her up 22 spots on the leaderboard.

Sophomore Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) tied for 30th place at 153 (79-74), sophomore Danielle Gillaspy (Santa Maria, Calif./St. Joseph's HS) tied for 35th place at 154 (77-77) and freshman Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) tied for 66th place at 159 (78-81). Gillaspy was playing as an individual.

On Tuesday, Drolson and Na each had three birdies, Cheng, Ching and Gillaspy had two apiece and Lee had one.



Pepperdine's last tune-up before the WCC Championships is the Maui Spring Invitational on March 26-27.

Team Scores: 1. USC 295-295=590; 2. Arizona State 295-297=592; 3. Texas A&M 302-294=596; 4. California 303-294=597; T5. Pepperdine 302-300=602; T5. Tulane 293-309=602; 7. Miami 305-300=605; 8. UNLV 303-306=609; 9. Long Beach State 303-312-615; T10. Texas 308-309=617; T10. Washington 313-304=617; 12. Denver 312-311=623; T13. Arizona 313-311=624; T13. Coastal Carolina 315-309=624; 15. New Mexico 316-311=627; 16. San Diego State 306-323=629.

Top Individuals: 1. Sophia Popov (USC) 71-71=142; 2. Patricia Garcia (Texas A&M) 72-72=144; 3. Jennifer Hirano (Miami) 74-71=145; T4. Mayko Chwen Wang (UNLV) 72-74=146; T4. Kaitlin Drolson (Pepperdine) 73-73=146; T4. Daniela Holmqvist (California) 74-72=146; T4. Maribel Lopez Porras (Tulane) 69-77=146; T4. Giulia Molinaro (Arizona State) 73-73=146.

Other Pepperdine Scores: T26. Liv Cheng 78-74=152; T26. Alina Ching 73-79=152; T30. Grace Na 79-74=153; T35. * Danielle Gillaspy 77-77=154; T66. Somin Lee 78-81=159.

* playing as an individual

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