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Pepperdine Women's Golf Team Preseason Ranked No. 3 by Golfweek


Sept. 15, 2005

Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's golf team, coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2005 Division I Women's Golf Championships, is preseason ranked No. 3 by Golfweek, the publication announced this week.

The Waves, who return four players who competed at last year's national championships, concluded the 2005 season No. 4 by both Golfweek and Golfstat.

Thirteenth-year head coach Laurie Gibbs welcomes back six letter winners from a year ago, including senior All-American Carolina Llano and junior All-American Eileen Vargas.

New to the line-up in 2005-06 will be freshman Jayvie Agojo, who is the top-ranked amateur in the Philippines. The Waves look to also add another top recruit in January.

Llano, who led Pepperdine with a 73.64 stroke average and tied for sixth at last year's national championships, begins this season No. 6 in Golfweek's preseason rankings.

"We have a great core team and I really feel it's going to be a great year," Gibbs said. "We all know what our ultimate goal is, but we have to (not get ahead of ourselves) at the beginning of the year.

"Our plan is to work harder than any team, but we're going to have fun and enjoy the process," Gibbs added.

Pepperdine opens its fall season in two weeks when it travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete in the Branch Law Dick McGuire Invitational beginning September 26 at The Championship Course.

Golfweek's Top 10 Teams
2. Duke
3. Pepperdine
4. Georgia
5. Auburn
6. Washington
7. Arizona State
8. Southern California
9. Florida
10. Tennessee

Golfweek's Top 10 Players
1. Anna Grezebien (Duke, Junior)
2. Paige Mackenzie (Washington, Senior)
3. Violeta Retamoza (Tennessee, Senior)
4. Liz Janangelo (Duke, Senior)
5. Jane Park (UCLA, Freshman)
6. Carolina Llano (Pepperdine, Senior)
7. Amie Cochran (UCLA, Sophomore)
8. Stacy Lewis (Arkansas, Sophomore)
9. Leah Wigger (Virginia, Sophomore)
10. Jenny Suh (Alabama, Junior)



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