Women's Golf Wins Second Tournament in a Row
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Pepperdine women's golf team is now 2-for-2, having won its second tournament of the young season on Sunday after capturing the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational by seven strokes.
The Waves also won the season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge last week by one stroke. This one didn't have the same sort of drama, as Pepperdine opened the third and final round at the par-73 UNM Championship Course with a five-stroke lead and maintained their advantage throughout the day.
Pepperdine shot a final-round 8-under 284 to end up with a 17-under 859 (288-287-284). Second-place New Mexico, the host school, finished at 866. UNLV and TCU, which tied for third, were 24 strokes back at 883.
The Waves' 17-under is the third-best team tournament score in school history. The 8-under tied as the fifth-best single round in program history.
The last time Pepperdine won consecutive tournaments was also the last time the Waves won their first two tournaments of the season. In the fall of 2005, they won the Dick McGuire Invitational and the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational to start the year. The Waves went on to finish third at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
"I'm very proud of them, everybody played great," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "They played with confidence and enjoyed it. They are playing really solid, they putted well and their short games were on. It's pretty easy with this group because they want to win and they want to play well. And even though they played well, they still saw some things they can focus on in workouts to get stronger. They know they will have to continue to work hard because we'll have other tournaments with some really competitive fields and they want to continue to do well."
Individually, three Waves finished in the top 10, and four were in the top 15.
Junior Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) finished in third place after her third straight sub-par round, firing a 4-under 69 to finish with an 8-under 211 (71-71-69). She is off to a terrific start after taking fifth place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Today, she posted five birdies on her first six holes and finished with a total of six birdies.
Sophomore Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) bounced back nicely after tying for 51st place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. She tied for seventh place in New Mexico and recorded three straight 1-under 72s, good for a total of a 3-under 216. She had four birdies and three bogies in the first eight holes and then shot 10 straight pars.
Sophomore Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) dropped a few spots in the standings after a 2-over 75, but her three-round total of a 2-under 217 (72-70-75) was still good for a tie for ninth place.
Sophomore Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) continued to play very consistent golf, as her 2-under 71 moved her up into 12th place with a 1-under 218 (73-74-71). She had a total of five birdies during her round, including her final two holes.
After carding a 1-under 72, junior Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad/Maple Leaf International School) moved up nearly 20 spots and into a tie for 45th place at 227 (78-77-72). She had five birdies today.
"All five of them are playing really solid," Gibbs said. "With only five players right now, these things happen for a reason, and these five will be the ones going to our next tournaments. They're having fun as a team and you couldn't ask for any more."
Pepperdine is ranked #12 by Golfweek and #13 by GolfWorld/NGCA in the preseason polls.
It's not long before the Waves' third tournament of the fall, as they compete in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by Washington, on Oct. 5-7.
Team Scores: 1. Pepperdine 288-287-284=859; 2. New Mexico 294-286-286=866; T3. UNLV 291-292-300=883; T3. TCU 291-291-301=883; 5. Oregon 297-293-295=885; 6. UC Davis 302-295-290=887; 7. Northwestern 297-294-297=888; 8. Indiana 297-296-301=894; 9. UC Irvine 304-294-300=898; 10. Colorado 310-296-297=903; 11. Texas A&M 303-303-298=904; 12. San Diego State 300-301-304=905; 13. Arkansas 300-303-305=908; 14. San Francisco 295-311-304=910; 15. Oklahoma 306-303-305=914; 16. Colorado State 304-304-307=915; 17. UTEP 308-301-308=917; 18. Wyoming 306-312-316=934.
Top Individuals: 1. Kendra Little (Oregon) 71-68-68=207; 2. Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) 69-71-68=208; 3. Taylore Karle (Pepperdine) 71-71-69=211; 4. Rachel Raastad (TCU) 69-73-71=214; T5, Rebecca Hellborn (New Mexico) 76-70-69=215; T5. Lauren Weaver (Northwestern) 75-72-68=215.
Other Pepperdine Scores: T7. Jessica Wallace 72-72-72=216; T9. Kaitlin Drolson 72-70-75=217; 12. Lisa McCloskey 73-74-71=218; T45. Martine de Gannes 78-77-72=227.