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Wong Opens Play At NCAA Finals

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Andrea Wong opened her 3rd and final NCAA Championship with a 77 Friday.

Courtesy of UC Davis Athletics

A strong start, keyed by an early birdie propelled UC Davis senior Andrea Wong to a solid start before she ended with a 5-over 77 during the first round of action at the NCAA Div. I Women’s Golf Championships at Eugene Country Club on Friday.

Wong, currently ranked 68th after winning the NCAA Stanford Regional two weeks ago, is playing in the national finals for the third time in her career but the for the first time as an individual. Her opening-round score put her in a tie for 101st place.

"Andrea got off to a great start and made her turn at even par,” said head coach Anna Temple. “This is a very fair course and rewards good shots but can hurt with mishits. Andrea had a couple shots that put her in poor positions but was able to recover very well. With only one birdie, it's hard to recover score-wise. 

"All in all, Andrea is in a good position and learned a lot about the course today and is excited to get back out there for the second round.”

Wong began her day on the 10th hole and quickly strung together a trio of pars before carding a birdie on the par-4, 383-yard 13th hole. She then rattled off four more pars in a row to stay even midway through her round. However, three bogeys and a double-bogey put her 5 over the rest of the way.

Haley Moore of Arizona and August Kim of Purdue each shot 69 and are tied for the lead after Friday’s play. Oklahoma State is 4 under and leads UCLA by two shots atop the team leaderboard.

Players will compete in three rounds of stroke play before the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on one of those teams qualifying for the fourth round on Monday.