Na's 68 Highlights Waves' Final Round of Fall Season
Nov. 2, 2011
Grace Na had the best individual round of the day.
The Waves' 296 moved them up into a tie for second place overall with a total of 892 (297-299-296). Only Pepperdine and host Texas, the winning school, broke 300 all three days at the par-72 University of Texas Golf Club. Only four schools broke 300 two of the three days. The Waves, who went from seventh to fifth to second over the course of the tournament, ended up tied with Florida and Tulsa. They finished ahead of five schools that entered the event with a better Golfstat ranking.
Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) went all the way from a tie for 23rd place to a tie for fourth place as a result of her 4-under 68. She finished with a 1-over 217 (73-76-68), just three strokes behind the winner. She had five birdies during her round.
Na, who was named Golf World's national player of the week on Monday after winning the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown last week, earned her third top-four finish in four tournaments this season.
Senior Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) also finished strong, moving up 14 places and into a tie for 19th place after a 2-over 74, giving her a total of a 225 (73-78-74). Drolson had four birdies on the day.
Sophomore Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand) had an impressive ending thanks to an even-par 72, lifting her from a tie for 46th place all the way to a tie for 22nd place at 226 (77-77-72). She had three birdies on Wednesday.
The Waves resume play in the spring season at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., on Feb. 13-15.
Team Scores: 1. Texas 288-293-299=8802; T2. Florida 285-304-303=892; T2. Pepperdine 297-299-296=892; T2. Tulsa 293-301-298=892; 5. Oklahoma State 290-305-302=897; 6. Arizona 304-294-300=898; 7. Denver 298-303-298=899; 8. New Mexico 299-303-304=906; 9. Arkansas 299-302-307=908; 10. UNLV 295-302-313=910; 11. Mississippi State 302-305-307=914; 12. Kent State 293-305-318=916; 13. Iowa 297-313-316=926; 14. Wisconsin 303-315-309=927; 15. Princeton 315-315-316=946.
Top Individuals: 1. Nicole Vandermade (Texas) 72-73-69=214; 2. Madison Pressel (Texas) 72-71-72=215; 3. Kelsey Vines (Oklahoma State) 70-75-71=216; T4. Grace Na (Pepperdine) 73-76-68=217; T4. Ally McDonald (Mississippi State) 72-72-73=217.