Women's Golf Competes at UC Irvine Invitational Next Week
Feb. 21, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The #11 Pepperdine women's golf team will make its first-ever appearance at the UC Irvine Invitational next week. The medalist of the event will receive a sponsor's exemption into the Kia Classic, which runs March 18-24.
EVENT INFO - The tournament will be held at the par-72, 5,842-yard Santa Ana (Calif.) Country Club. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday (Feb. 24), with the final 18 on Tuesday (Feb. 25). Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD - Pepperdine is one of 13 teams in the field, which also includes host UC Irvine, Gonzaga, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, Portland State, San Francisco, Stanford, Texas A&M, UC Davis and UC Riverside.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP - Pepperdine's lineup consists of seniors Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) and Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College), juniors Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) and Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and sophomore Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS).
RANKINGS - Aided by winning two tournaments in the fall, Pepperdine is ranked #11 by Golfweek/Sagarin, #13 by GolfWorld/WGCA and #16 by Golfstat ... Three-time All-American and three-time WCC Player of the Year Grace Na (72.33 strokes per round, medalist at the Golfweek Conference Challenge) is ranked #22 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #25 by Golfstat ... Marissa Chow (72.60) is rated #29 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #32 by Golfstat.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY -- Under the direction of Laurie Gibbs, who is now in her 21st season as head coach, Pepperdine has been established as one of the nation's top golf programs. The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships 11 times in 15 years, with eight top-10 finishes and four top-five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. The Waves have won West Coast Conference championships in 15 of the last 16 years, including a current streak of 12 titles that began in 2002. Eleven different players have earned All-American honors a total of 24 times. LPGA Tour players have included Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright, Tamie Durdin, Nadina (Taylor) Light, Misun Cho, Carolina Llano, Danielle Kang and Taylore Karle. Hull was the 2003 National Player of the Year and was inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame in 2012. Kang won back-to-back U.S. Amateur Championships in 2010 and 2011. Gibbs has been honored 11 times as the WCC's Coach of the Year, was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year on two occasions and was selected the 2004-05 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek magazine.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.
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