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Women's Golf in Seventh in Arizona


TUCSON, Ariz. – Facing its usual tough competition against the nation’s best, the Pepperdine women’s golf team is in seventh place after Monday’s first round of the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Arizona.


The Waves, ranked 17th by Golfstat, shot a 9-over 293 at the par-71 Arizona National Golf Club. Each of the six teams ahead of the Waves has a higher ranking, including five top 10 teams. Pepperdine is one shot behind ninth-ranked Auburn, but stands three shots better than third-ranked USC and four shots ahead of seventh-ranked California.


Rounds two and three will be contested on Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 26-27).


Three Pepperdine players are in the top 20, led by freshman Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who shot an even-par 71 and is tied for ninth. She was 2-over through the first nine holes but had two birdies and no bogies over the back nine.


Junior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Philippines) had one of her best rounds of the season with a 1-over 72, putting her in a tie for 14th. She had two birdies on the day. Senior Leanne Bowditch (Peregian, Australia) shot a 2-over 73 and is tied for 19th. She parred the first 11 holes before a birdie on hole number 12.


Freshman Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad) is tied for 50th place after a 77 and senior Stephanie Gelleni (Caracas, Venezuela) is tied for 68th place after a 79.


“We’ve started a lot of tournaments well and our goal this time is to close it out,” Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. “We’re kind of in the place we should be, but we also felt like we left some shots out there. I feel like everyone will improve from here. The girls are really determined so I think we’ll have a good couple of rounds the next two days. Everyone played solid. Jayvie really improved today. She had been struggling a bit but her confidence is back and that’s important.”


Team Scores: 1. Arizona State 287; T2. Duke 288; T2. Oklahoma State 288; T2. UCLA 288; T2. Arizona 288; 6. Auburn 292; 7. Pepperdine 293; 8. USC 296; 9. California 297; 10. New Mexico 298; 11. Stanford 303; 12. Texas 304; 13. Vanderbilt 305; 14. Washington 307; 15. BYU 309; 16. UNLV 325.


Top Individuals: 1. Amanda Blumenherst (Duke) 68; 2. Mari Chun (Stanford) 69; T3. Tammy Clelland (Oklahoma State) 70; T3. Tiffany Joh (UCLA) 70; T3. Alejandra Llaneza (Arizona) 70; T3. Juliana Murcia (Arizona State) 70; T3. Glory Yang (UCLA) 70; T3. Shannon Yocum (California (70).


Pepperdine Scores: T9. Taylore Karle 71; T14. Jayvie Agojo 72; T19. Leanne Bowditch 73; T50. Martine de Gannes 77; T68. Stephanie Gelleni 79.




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