Wong Makes History On Way To Top Of NCAA Leaderboard
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An incredible eight birdies by UC Davis senior Andrea Wong led to an amazing 6-under 65 – the best round of the NCAA Div. I Women’s Golf Stanford Regional and the lowest score in program history – and lifted her into a share of medalist honors with Elizabeth Szokol of Virginia while also punching her ticket to the national finals in Oregon later this month.
Wong moves on to the NCAA Finals for the third time in her four-year career but her first as an individual. She’s the program’s first regional medalist and the first for UC Davis since 2011 when Matt Hansen captured top honors for the men’s team at Tucson, Ariz.
Wong’s 65 was a career-best, bettering the 67 she had while winning stroke play at the East & West Match Play Challenge in 2014. It also broke the school record of 66, which was achieved three other times, most recently by Paige Lee when she won the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford in 2015.
Her teammate Paige Lee, the 2016 Big West champion, shot 77 on Saturday and tied for 62nd.
Also competing as an individual was Cal State Fullerton’s Martina Edberg, who carded her best round of the week Saturday with a 1-under 70. Edberg moved up significantly on the individual leaderboard, finishing tied for 22nd with a 7-over 220 over 54 holes.
Kassidy Teare recorded a 6-over-par 77 in Saturday’s final round of the NCAA Stanford Regional tying for 79th place to close out her four-year career at Long Beach State. Teare made a six-shot improvement from Friday’s second round to move up the standings by two spots to complete the three-day, 54-hole regional at 22-over 235.
Along with the four individuals, UC Riverside, the 2016 Big West Champions, competed as a team and finished 16th in its first NCAA regional appearance. Freshman Jakeishya Le paced the Highlanders with a three-round score of 218 to place 15th. Hannah Facchini finished 62nd after firing 229 and was followed by Haley Wian and her 239 point total. Paris Griffith (241) placed tied for 91st and Krist Twet (260) ranked 96th.
The top six teams qualified for the NCAA Finals along with the top three individuals not on one of those teams. Wong, who blazed her way to a 4-under 209 total, was joined in that trio by Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest (-1) and Michigan State’s Sarah Burnham (+2), who won a two-hole playoff.
On the team side, Stanford and USC tied for the top spot with a 4-over 856 through the 54 holes. Ohio State (+23), North Carolina (+26), Arkansas (+27), and Virginia (+31) all advanced to the NCAA Championships scheduled for May 20-25 at Eugene Country Club, in Eugene, Ore.
NCAA Stanford Regional
Palo Alto, Calif. (hosted by Stanford)
Stanford Golf Course
May 5-7, 2016
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