Women's Golf Will Go to Stanford for NCAA West Regional
April 29, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's golf team gets to make a short trip and will stay in the state of California for the NCAA West Regional, the NCAA announced tonight. The Waves have advanced out of regional play and on to the national tournament 11 times in the last 14 years.
The West Regional will be held at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., from Thursday to Saturday, May 9-11. The Waves will have to outplay their West Regional seeding (ninth), as only the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, slated for May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
In order of seeding, the 24 schools headed to Stanford are: USC, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Stanford, Georgia, Baylor, Texas A&M, Pepperdine, LSU, Denver, South Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, UNLV, California, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), San Jose State, Harvard, Kent State, Northern Arizona, North Dakota State and Long Island.
Pepperdine has the advantage of having played Stanford's course once already this season. The Waves were 12th at the Stanford Intercollegiate in the fall.
"All the regionals will be challenging, but we're happy to be staying in the West and to be going to Stanford," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "It's a great golf course. In the fall it was really challenging and I'm sure it will be again. We're looking forward to a good regional."
Pepperdine, making its 15th consecutive trip to regionals, will be aiming for its 12th NCAA Championships berth. This is the 10th time the Waves have been placed in the West. They've advanced seven of the nine times, including last year, when Pepperdine finished third at the NCAA West Regional hosted by Colorado.
The Waves have finished in the top 10 at nationals eight times, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. Last season, the Waves finished in 21st place nationally. Their best regional finish came in 2002, when they tied for first place at the West Regional, which was also held at Stanford.
The Waves are coming off their 12th straight West Coast Conference title. Junior Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) was named WCC Player of the Year for the third straight time and captured her second WCC crown as an individual. Nationally, Na is ranked #5 by Golfstat and #7 by Golfweek/Sagarin.
Pepperdine has won two tournaments this year, taking first at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall in addition to the WCC championship. The Waves are currently ranked #25 by Golfstat and #29 by Golfweek/Sagarin.
The Central Regional will be held at Oklahoma and the East Regional will be contested at Auburn. In addition to the top eight teams from each regional, the top two individuals from non-qualifying teams will also advance.