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Waves advance to NCAA Finals
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Waves advance to NCAA Finals

EAST LANSING, Mich. – After finishing in fifth place at the NCAA Regionals on Wednesday afternoon, the Pepperdine women’s golf team has advanced to the NCAA Finals for the 14e time in program history.

“We greatly appreciate all the love and support from our wonderful family and friends around the world, especially on an exciting final round today for the team,” said Head Coach Laurie Gibbs. “Coach Kacey and I are very proud of the way all the players contributed to our success and never stopped achieving a score on each of the 54 holes. Thanks to Steve Potts, Jim Gash, Tim Perrin and all the staff from the Athletic Department that provides everything for our student-athletes to be successful in the classroom and in competition!”

The Waves finished with a score of 863 (283-290-290) at the par-72, 6,325-yard Forest Akers Golf Course, battling through a thrilling final round that saw many teams battling for the coveted top-five positions. The team’s 1-under is the best 54-hole score at any NCAA Regional in program history, and leads the previous record of 9-over-873 set by the Waves in the San Antonio Regional last season by 10 strokes .

Pepperdine had four players in the top 20, led by a solid performance from junior Lauren Gomes, who finished in a shared seventh place today. Gomez’s 4-under 212 ranked second in the record books for individual scores through 54 holes at the NCAA Regionals, a feat accomplished only twice before. Grace Na also shot a 212 in 2014 at SouthWood Golf Course when she tied for seventh, and Hira Naveed holds the record after posting a 5-under 211 at TPC Harding Park in 2018, where she tied for sixth ended up.

The NCAA Finals will be held May 17-22 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. The top five teams and top individual non-progressive teams from all six regional locations will advance to the final location. Pepperdine, along with #6 USC who won the regional, #43 Oklahoma State, #30 Michigan State and #8 Northwestern, advanced to the next rounds. Pepperdine led the sixth-place team by four strokes. Lauren Beaudreau, who competed individually for Notre Dame, won the regional by a three-stroke margin.

PLAYER SCORES

  • Junior Lauren Gomes (Murrieta, California) tied for 7e with a score of 212 (72-70-70). She went 1-under on a bogeyless front nine to set the tone today and although she had one bogey on the 11th hole, she rallied with two more birdies through the round to finish 2-under on the day and 4- under overalls. She finished with eight birdies in total this week and shot par on 39 of her remaining 46 holes played. Today’s finish marked her fifth top-10 finish this season.
  • Sophomore Jeneath Wong (Melbourne, Australia) put in another impressive performance after 215 (71-71-73) and tied for 12e, after finishing in the top-20 in eight of the team’s nine events this season. She had three birdies today to finish with eight overall, also recording par finishes on 39 of her remaining 46 holes played.
  • Senior Lion Higo (Gold Coast, Australia) finished the tournament in a tie for 20the with a 219 (67-76-76). She marked the first day of action with the program’s best 18-hole score at any NCAA Regional in history, finishing with eight birdies overall.
  • Senior Kaleiya Romero (San Jose, California) was also tied at 20 pointse with a 219 (73-73-73). After an early bogey started her day, she shot 3-under through the rest of the front nine to get back on track. She posted a few more bogeys on the back nine but remained consistent with 73s for the Waves through all three rounds. She led the team with a total of 11 birdies.
  • Sophomore Yingzhi Zhu (Nanjing, China) scored 225 (75-76-74) to tie the game at 41st this week. She had three birdies in the final round today and posted seven throughout the tournament.

THE NUMBERS
Team scores:
Progressed to finals: 1. USC 855; 2. State of Oklahoma 859; 3. State of Michigan 860; 4. Northwest 861; 5. Peperdine 863; Non-progressive teams: 6. Denver 867; 7.Florida 871; 8.Kentucky 884; 9. August 891; 10. Indiana 895; 11.Oakland 899; 12. State of Illinois 918.

Individual scores: 1. Lauren Beaudreau (Notre Dame) 204; 2. Bailey Shoemaker (USC) 207; 3. Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (OKSU) 308; 4. Leila Raines (Michigan State) 210; T5. Catherine Park (USC) 211; T5. Lauryn Nguyen (Northwest) 211; T7. Lauren Gomes (Peperdine) 212; T7. Marta Silchenko (OKSU) 212; T7. Anna Zanusso (Deventer) 212.