Ching, Na Begin Play at U.S. Women's Amateur Championship Today
Aug. 6, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Two members of the Pepperdine women's golf team are in action at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship that starts today, and they are hoping to give the Waves a third consecutive champion at the event.
Junior Grace Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) and sophomore Alina Ching (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) began competition today at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio. Stroke play will be held on Monday and Tuesday among the field of 150-plus golfers to determine the 64 that will advance to match play. The tournament ends on Sunday with a 36-hole final between the last two competitors.
They're looking to follow in the footsteps of Danielle Kang, who won U.S. Amateur titles in 2010 and 2011 before turning professional.
Na won a qualifier in Santa Rosa, Calif., shooting a 71 at the Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club. Ching tied for third at a qualifier in Koloa, Hawaii, at the Poipu Bay Golf Course.
Na is a two-time All-American and a two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year. In her two seasons, Na's career stroke average of 73.98 is good for fourth all-time at Pepperdine. This past season, Na led the team with a 74.10 stroke average and ranked #45 by Golfstat and #47 by Golfweek/Sagarin.
Ching had an outstanding rookie year on the links, earning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors as well as All-WCC first team acclaim in 2011-12. She finished second on the squad with a 74.67 stroke average and ended the year ranked #66 by Golfstat and #74 by Golfweek/Sagarin.