Women's Golf Headed to NCAA East Regional as #5 Seed
April 28, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The 10th-ranked Pepperdine women's golf team has earned the #5 seed at the upcoming NCAA East Regional, which will be contested at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., the NCAA Women's Golf Committee announced on Monday.
The Waves will be making their 16th consecutive regional appearance from May 8-10. The top eight schools at each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 20-23 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.
"We're excited to be traveling to Tallahassee for the East Regional," said Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs, who is in her 21st season. "Our players have been working hard and will be ready to play well at regionals."
In order of seeding, the 24 schools headed to Tallahassee are: Duke, South Carolina, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, Central Florida, Virginia, Auburn, North Carolina State, host Florida State, Kentucky, Tulane, Louisville, Baylor, East Tennessee State, Georgia, Campbell, East Carolina, Texas State-San Marcos, College of Charleston, Troy, Murray State, Seton Hall and Alabama State.
Pepperdine has advanced to the NCAA Championships 11 times in the last 15 years, and last finished 21st in 2012. The Waves have finished in the top 10 at nationals eight times, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. Their best regional finish came in 2002, when they tied for first place at the West Regional.
This is the fourth time that the Waves have been placed in the East, and they've advanced each of the previous three times (2001, 2005, 2010).
The Waves are coming off their 13th straight West Coast Conference title and have a total of four victories during the 2013-14 school year. They also won the Dick McGuire Invitational and Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall and the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in the spring. Pepperdine is ranked 10th by Golfweek/Sagarin, 12th in the WGCA coaches poll and 14th by Golfstat.
The last time the Waves won four tournaments in one season was 2005-06, and Pepperdine finished third at the NCAA Championships that year.
Senior Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS), a three-time All-American, was named the WCC Player of the Year for the fourth time. She was joined on the 2014 All-WCC first team by senior Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College), junior Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) and sophomore Marissa Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani HS). Those four, plus junior Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School), make up a veteran group that also competed together at the 2013 West Regional.
The Central Regional will be held in Stillwater, Okla., and the West Regional will take place in Cle Elum, Wash. In addition to the top eight teams from each regional, the top two individuals from non-qualifying teams will also advance to the NCAA Championships.