Grace Na, Women's Golf Win at Anuenue Spring Break Classic
March 26, 2014
KAPALUA, Maui, Hawaii - Grace Na won her second consecutive title at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic and posted a career-best score on Wednesday while helping the Pepperdine women's golf team to a nine-stroke victory.
The #8 Waves won their third title of the season by finishing with a 6-over 870 (290-287-293) at the par-72 Kapalua Bay Course, nine shots better than seventh-ranked Washington.
"Everybody played really solid," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "Everyone contributed, and obviously Grace's 11-under was a huge help. We've been making great progress this spring. We know how to win and how to close out rounds. The Bruin Wave was a big step, knowing that we beat some good teams. We were very confident today, and we knew we could go out there and win, even though Washington is a great team."
Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) won last year's tournament here with a score of 10-under, but went one better this year and won the individual title by eight shots with an 11-under 205 (70-66-69). The 11-under is the third-best 54-hole score in program history.
"I felt like I played really consistently and everything came together," Na said. "I was able to adjust to the wind. I had a lot of fun and stayed focused. It feels good to get another win and we're looking forward to what happens next."
It was the sixth title of Na's Pepperdine career. She trails only Katherine Hull, who won seven titles between 2000-03, on the Waves' all-time list of victories.
Na, a senior who is a three-time All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year, went below par during all three rounds, bringing her career total to 35. She's just three behind Hull in that category as well. Na's final round began with a bogey, but then she was flawless the rest of the way and finished with four birdies.
"Grace played so well," Gibbs said. "She was so consistent with her ball-striking and had a lot of good putts. The conditions were tough. The winds were really gusty and so yesterday's score was phenomenal in those conditions, and she backed it up again today. I'm very proud of her."
Pepperdine and Washington were tied for first place after Monday's first round, and the Waves opened up a three-stroke lead after Tuesday's second round before increasing their advantage today.
Senior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) got her second top-10 finish of the season with a 10th-place result after recording a 5-over 221 (76-71-74). Sophomore Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS) was right behind her, tying for 11th at 222 (72-74-76). Chow had an eagle on the par-5 15th hole.
Junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) tied for 16th at 225 (75-76-74) and freshman Alessandra Arza (Asuncion, Paraguay) tied for 29th at 229 (73-77-79). Ching had four birdies during Wednesday's round.
The Waves won the Dick McGuire Invitational and Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall, and they were coming off a second-place result at their own Bruin Wave Invitational in which they defeated four schools ranked in the top 12.
This is the final regular-season event for the Waves, who will next be in action at the West Coast Conference Championships on April 14-16 in Bremerton, Wash. The Waves have won 12 WCC titles in a row.
Team Scores: 1. Pepperdine 290-287-293=870; 2. Washington 290-290-299=879; 3. UC Davis 298-296-296=890; 4. San Jose State 296-307-296=899; 5. Mississippi 303-302-299=904; 6. Santa Clara 301-301-306=908; 7. Colorado 301-303-305=909; 8. Fresno State 308-306-296=910; 9. Oregon State 307-303-306=916; 10. Long Beach State 309-306-302=917; 11. Cal Poly 317-306-298=921; 12. Hawaii 307-308-309=924; 13. UC Riverside 316-316-301=933; 14. Nevada 320-313-302=935; 15. Seattle 318-307-312=937.
Individual Leaders: 1. Grace Na (Pepperdine) 70-66-69=205; 2. Betty Chen (UC Davis) 70-72-71=213; 3. Jennifer Yang (Washington) 72-71-72=215; 4. Ying Luo (Washington) 70-72-75=217; 5. Madchen Ly (Washington) 74-72-72=218.