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Pepperdine in Fourth Place After First Round of NCAA Championships


May 17, 2005

Sunriver, Ore. -

NCAA Championships First Round Team Results in PDF Format
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NCAA Championships First Round Individual Results in PDF Format
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Junior All-American Carolina Llano carded a 2-under par 69 to take the first-round lead and help No. 4 Pepperdine to a fourth-place standing following Tuesday's opening round of the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships at the par-71, 6,312-yard Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Llano birdied three of her final four holes, including the last two, to take a one-shot lead over USC's Dewi Schreefel, who shot a 1-under 70 to help the Trojans to a 3-over par 287 and the first-round lead.

"I put everything together near the end and stayed warm and focused to finish strong," Llano said following her round. "I was playing well early, got some up and downs, and played a solid, steady game."

Round one was played under cloudy skies and cold and sometimes windy conditions. The temperature ranged from the 40s to low 50s. Rain only fell lightly at times during the day, but more rain is forecast for Wednesday.

"I'm from Colombia and this is the first time playing with so many layers," Llano said referring to the weather. "We were prepared with the right equipment and were expecting it, so it shouldn't have affected us."

USC holds a one-shot advantage over UCLA (288), three shots over Auburn (290) and four shots over the Waves, who carded a 7-over par total 291.

Top-ranked Duke and Washington are tied for fifth with 8-over par scores of 292.

In the individual standings, nine players shot even-par scores of 70 while Pepperdine freshman Leanne Bowditch had a strong opening round in her first NCAA Championships, shooting a 1-over par score of 71 and is tied with nine players in 12th place.

Bowditch started strong, shooting 3-under on her front nine before suffering some difficulty on the back nine, coming in at 4-over to finish at 1-over par 71.

Sophomore Eileen Vargas shot a 3-over par 73 and is tied for 35th while freshman Marina Choi carded a 6-over 76 and senior Rachel Kyono turned in a 7-over par 77.

The tournament continues with second-round play on Tuesday as the Waves will tee-off at 9:50 and are paired with USC and Arizona State.



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