Women's Golf Begins Play at Golfweek Conference Challenge
Sept. 26, 2010
VAIL, Colo. - Freshman Liv Cheng fired a 1-under 71 to lead the Pepperdine women's golf team on Sunday as the Waves began their title defense at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
After an opening-round 297, Pepperdine is in seventh place, 10 strokes back of co-leaders Tulane and Virginia. Single rounds are still to be played on Monday and Tuesday at the par-72 Red Sky Golf Club.
Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) is tied for seventh place thanks to the first sub-par round of her collegiate career. She had two birdies on the front nine and two more on the back nine.
Senior Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) is tied for 17th place after a strong finish. She was 4-over after 13 holes but had three birdies on the final four holes, giving her a 1-over 73.
Junior Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is tied for 28th place with a 75, freshman Danielle Gillaspy (Santa Maria, Calif./St. Joseph's HS) is tied for 52nd place with a 78 and senior Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad) is tied for 56th place with a 79.
The Waves won this event last year by one stroke over California when it was played at the Primm (Nev.) Valley Desert Resorts. Pepperdine is without sophomore Danielle Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS), who was invited to play in this weekend's Japan Women's Open after winning the U.S. Women's Amateur this summer.
Team Scores: T1. Tulane 287; T1. Virginia 287; 3. Arizona 292; 4. UC Davis 293; 5. UNLV 294; 6. Denver 296; 7. Pepperdine 297; 8. Minnesota 298; 9. San Jose State 302; 10. Chattanooga 303; 11. Tennessee 304; 12. Texas A&M 307; 13. Harvard 310; 14. Missouri State 314; 15. Campbell 317; 16. Coastal Carolina 322; 17. Sacramento State 325; 18. Central Arkansas 329.
Top Individuals: T1. Brittany Altomare (Virginia) 69; T1. Therese Koelbaek (UNLV) 69; T3. Janine Fellows (Tulane) 70; T3. Ellie Givens (Denver) 70; T3. Lauren Greenlief (Virginia) 70; Margarita Ramos (Arizona) 70.