Naveed Wins, Helps Pepperdine Take Second

Hira Naveed of Pepperdine earned her first college victory and led the Waves to second place in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational on the Championship Course at University of New Mexico Golf Course NMSU Golfin Albuquerque, N.M.

Naveed, a senior from Australia, posted a score of 71-70-68—209, 7-under-par, while Gioia Carpinelli of San Diego State shot 72-70-68—210 to tie for second with Darian Zachek of New Mexico, who finished at 70-67-73—210.

“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m really happy to finally get the win,” Naveed said. “I felt like my whole game held together really well, and I felt really good mentally throughout the event.

“The team played really solid as well, and we are all very happy with how we finished the tournament strong. We all have a lot to look forward to and we feel like this is just the beginning for our young group. We are very excited for the year ahead.”

Cindy Oh of California was fourth at 72-67-73—212, followed by Sophie Hausmann of Idaho at 69-71-73—213, while Yoonhee Kim of UC Davis totaled 70-71-73—214 to tie for sixth with Robyn Choi of Colorado, who wound up at 74-69-71—214, Stephanie Lau of Northwestern, who finished at 71-70-73—214, and Marissa Kirkwood of Kent State, who came in at 71-71-72—214.

Momoka Kobori of Pepperdine shot 69-72-74—215 to tie for 10th with Kelly Sim of Northwestern, who finished at 71-72-72—215, and Michaela Finn of Kent State, who wound up at 72-68-75—215.

Brigitte Thibault led Fresno State in a tie for 33rd at 71-76-74—221.

Kent State claimed the team title at 289-280-289—858, 6-under-par, followed by Pepperdine at 295-287-281—863, San Diego State at 288-287-291—866, Northwestern

at 289-284-294—867 and New Mexico at 289-284-295—868.

UC Davis totaled 288-291-295—874 to tie for sixth with Colorado, which wound up at 295-285-294—874, while California shot 295-286-298—879 to tie for eighth with UNLV, which came in at 294-293-292—879.

Iowa State finished at 300-290-295—885 to tie for 10th with Idaho, which wound up at 287-302-296—885, and Fresno State was 16th at 306-302-309—917.

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