UCD's Wong Ends Career At NCAA Championship
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Courtesy of UC Davis Athletics
Andrea Wong fired a 4-over 76 during the final round of the NCAA Div. I Women’s Golf Championship on Monday at Eugene Country Club, bringing to a close her standout UC Davis career that featured four career wins, including this year’s NCAA Stanford Regional.
Wong, a senior from San Francisco, dazzled fans at the national finals on Sunday when she turned in a spectacular round of 67. The third-round score was reminiscent of the 6-under 65 she fired in the third round at the regional when she tied for first place.
Her Sunday score at the NCAA Finals jumped her nearly 70 spots in the standings and gave her a high enough finish to move into the top 30, make the cut and play today’s final round. She finished 6 over for her four rounds after opening with a 77 on Friday and a 74 on Saturday. Wong was tied for 49th with some players still finishing their last rounds.
"To have the opportunity to compete on the last day of the year is pretty exceptional,” said head coach Anna Temple. "Andrea has worked tirelessly to have this opportunity and I'm really proud of her efforts. Today was not the round she wanted, but she responded very well to some shots that were not to her liking.
"Perhaps the best thing was as we walked up 18, she said that she still has some more work to do,” Temple added. "That is very characteristic of Andrea and her career here at UC Davis; what can she do to get better. It's been a pretty special week to see her compete, and while she would have loved to have brought the title back to UC Davis, she represented our program exceptionally well.”
Wong, ranked 68th nationally, had seven pars and two bogeys on her front nine to go to 2 over before picking up her lone birdie at the par-4, 10th hole. She was 2 over on the back, closing her career with three consecutive pars. Wong posted 12 birdies during the week.
Her career was one of the best in program history. She was named to the All-Big West first team three times, including this season, and was an honorable mention pick once. She was the 2013 Big West Freshman of the Year and highlighted her junior season last year with three titles, including the conference championship.
Wong’s appearance in the NCAA Finals was the third of her career. She also helped extend the Aggies’ appearance in the NCAA postseason to nine consecutive years