UC Davis senior Andrea Wong is about to embark on the NCAA Championships scheduled for May 20-25 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
Wong advanced to the NCAA Championship after carding an incredible eight birdies on the final round of the NCAA Stanford Regional which led to an amazing 6-under 65 – the best round of the regional and the lowest score in program history – and lifted her into a share of medalist honors with Elizabeth Szokol of Virginia to secure a berth into the NCAA Championships. The top six teams qualified for the NCAA Finals along with the top three individuals not on one of those teams.
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.
Wong’s appearance in this weekend’s event marks the fifth time UC Davis will be part of the national finals since moving to Division I. It’s also the first Big West women’s golfer to compete in the NCAA Championship as an individual since CSUN”s Clariss Guce finished in a tie for 59th at the 2014 finals. UC Davis advanced as a team last year but the Aggies’ run was cut short when they did not make the cut to advance to match play. Wong finished 54-holes of stroke play tied for 60th.
The championship format consists of all 24 teams and 12 individuals completing 54 holes of stroke play, and then the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match play competition and the 72-hole stroke play individual champion. The top eight teams then compete in match play for the championship.
Round one of the NCAA Championship tees off Friday, May 20 from the par 72, 6,331-yard course at 7:30 a.m., with Wong slated to begin at 8:25 a.m. from the 10th tee.
Live scoring of the event can be found at www.golfstat.com and the Golf Channel will provide live coverage for the final three days of the championships, May 23-25.