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Na Awarded Golfweek All-American First Team Status

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June 5, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. - More good news continued to come in for Grace Na of the Pepperdine women's golf team, as she was named to Golfweek's All-American first team on Wednesday.

This is the first time that a Pepperdine golfer has earned a spot on Golfweek's first team since it began in 2006. Last week, Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) was picked to the Women's Golf Coaches Association's All-American first team. She became just the fourth player in Pepperdine history to earn a spot on WGCA's first team, and the first since 2003.

Na, who just finished her junior year and is now a three-time All-American, previously earned honorable mention status from Golfweek in 2011 and 2012 and from the WGCA in 2012.

Golfweek's All-American teams are determined by the players' Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Na ended the year ranked ninth to earn her spot on the 10-player first team.

"Grace had an excellent year," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "She established a new season scoring record for us and she will try to lower that in her senior year. We are very proud of her accomplishments as a student-athlete."

This is the 24th time since 2000 that a Wave has earned All-American status. A Pepperdine golfer has earned either Golfweek or WGCA All-American each of the last 14 years. Na could join Wright next season as the only four-time All-Americans in Pepperdine history.

In 2012-13, Na set a school record with a 72.17 stroke average and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third time. She was the medalist at both the WCC Championships and the `Anuenue Spring Break Classic and ended the season ranked #8 nationally by Golfstat and #9 by Golfweek/Sagarin.

Na also finished the season holding the top spot on Pepperdine's career scoring average list, with a mark of 73.31 after 81 rounds. Twenty-three of her 27 tournaments have resulted in a top-20 finish, including all 10 of them in 2012-13.

 

 

In other career categories, Na ranks fifth in sub-par rounds (23), seventh in top-20 finishes and tied for eighth in top-10 results (14). She has four career victories.

Pepperdine's Golfweek All-Americans: Eileen Vargas (2006 second team, 2007 honorable mention), Carolina Llano (2006 honorable mention), Misun Cho (2007 second team), Jayvie Agojo (2007 honorable mention), Taylore Karle (2008 second team), Danielle Kang (2010 second team, 2011 second team), Lisa McCloskey (2010 honorable mention), Grace Na (2011 honorable mention, 2012 honorable mention, 2013 first team).

Pepperdine's WGCA All-Americans: Tamie Durdin (2000 first team), Lindsey Wright (2000 honorable mention, 2001 second team, 2002 second team, 2003 first team), Katherine Hull (2001 second team, 2002 first team, 2003 first team), Carolina Llano (2004 second team, 2005 second team, 2006 honorable mention), Eileen Vargas (2005 honorable mention, 2006 second team), Misun Cho (2007 second team), Taylore Karle (2008 second team), Lisa McCloskey (2009 honorable mention, 2010 honorable mention), Grace Na (2012 honorable mention, 2013 first team).

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