Pepperdine Claims Dick McGuire Invitational; Vargas Wins Individual Medalist Honors
Sept. 28, 2005
Albuquerque, NM - Junior All-American Eileen Vargas turned in a career-best 5-under par 68 on Wednesday to finish at 8-under par 211 and claim individual medallist honors while helping the third-ranked Pepperdine women's golf team capture the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational at the par-73, 6,069-yard Championship Course in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Behind an eagle on the final hole by Vargas and birdies by senior All-American Carolina Llano and freshman Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine played the final three holes 5-under par to post a two-shot victory over Texas A&M. The Aggies made a late charge as they played their final two holes 6-under par.
The Waves concluded the 54-hole tournament with a 3-under score of 873 while the Texas A&M finished at 1-under 875. Host New Mexico (882) was third, followed by UNLV (883) and Ohio State (886).
"This was a great team win and a nice way to open the year," head coach Laurie Gibbs said. "We got off to a bit of a slow start in the first round but came back strong the last two days and battled hard.
"Eileen and Carolina put together three solid rounds and Marina (Choi), Leanne (Bowditch) and Jayvie all put together efforts that allowed us to win," Gibbs said. "I am also very proud of the way Stephanie Gelleni played as an individual."
The season-opening tournament included eight teams that were ranked in Golweek's Preseason Top 30 poll.
Vargas' final-round 68 was the low round of the tournament and helped her to a two-shot victory over Llano and Texas A&M's Ashley Knoll, who finished with 6-under par totals of 213. It marked Vargas' first career victory.
Playing as an individual, Gelleni carded a final-round 3-over par 76 to tie for 24th place.
Bowditch shot a closing-round 2-under par 71 to tie her career-low score and finish at 6-over 225 and tie for 30th.
Choi was among four players who tied for 34th while Agojo, making her collegiate debut, carded a final-round 3-over 76 to tie for 53rd with an 11-over total of 230.
The first-place finish marked Pepperdine's third over the last two seasons and marked the 11th straight tournament that the Waves have finished in the Top 5.
Pepperdine is next in action beginning October 10 when it opens play at the Washington Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Washington.
FINAL TEAM SCORES