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Big Round Puts Waves Into Third Place at UCF


SORRENTO, Fla. – Following a tremendous first-round showing at the UCF Challenge, the Pepperdine women’s golf team stands in third place after a 3-under 285 on Sunday.


The 3-under ties the sixth-best scoring round (relative to par) in school history. Pepperdine, ranked 18th by Golfstat, trails only third-ranked USC by four shots and top-ranked Duke by three shots. The Waves are in front of nine teams with better rankings.


The tournament, which is being held at the par-72 RedTail Golf Club and is hosted by Central Florida, continues with single rounds on Monday and Tuesday (March 10-11).


Freshman Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad), playing in her third collegiate tournament since enrolling in January, had by far her best round of the season with a 3-under 69, which puts her in a tie for fourth place. She had a total of six birdies, including three on her final four holes.


Fellow freshman Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was also impressive, firing a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for ninth place. Karle, who is coming off a pair of top five finishes, had a total of five birdies, including three in the final six holes.


Senior Leanne Bowditch (Peregian, Australia) and junior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Phillippines) each had solid rounds with 1-over 73s, tying them for 32nd. Both players were 1-under over their final nine holes. Senior Stephanie Gelleni (Caracas, Venezuela) shot a 3-over 75 and is tied for 58th.


Team Scores: 1. USC 281; 2. Duke 282; 3. Pepperdine 285; T4. UCLA 286; T4. Oklahoma State 286; T6. Purdue 289; T6. Georgia 289; 8. LSU 290; T9. Auburn 292; T9. UCF 292; T9. Florida 292; 12. Tennessee 293; T13. Arkansas 294; T13. Alabama 294; T15. New Mexico 295; T15. Vanderbilt 295; 17. Florida State 304; 18. Furman 307.


Top Individuals: 1. Alison Whitaker (Duke) 65; 2. Cydney Clanton (Auburn) 66; 3. Pernilla Lindberg (Oklahoma State) 67; T4. Martine de Gannes (Pepperdine) 69; T4. Amanda Blumenherst (Duke) 69; T4. Stefanie Endstrasser (USC) 69; T4. Belen Mozo (USC) 69; T4. Garrett Phillips (Georgia) 69.


Other Pepperdine Scores: T9. Taylore Karle 70; T32. Jayvie Agojo 73; T32. Leanne Bowditch 73; T58. Stephanie Gelleni 75.




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