Pepperdine, Naveed Sweep WCC Titles

Hira Naveed of Pepperdine captured the individual title and led the Waves to the West Coast Conference Women’s Championship at Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Wash.

Pepperdine collected its record 18th WCC women’s golf title with a score of 298-294-285—877, 5-over-par, followed by Brigham Young at 300-293-287—880, San Francisco at 310-286-292—888, Gonzaga at 292-302-304—898 and Santa Clara at 306-314-306—926.

“This championship means a lot,” Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said after the Waves claimed their first title of the season that includes five finishes in the top five. “We knew it was going to be tough out there. We knew we had to play well today.

“It means everything and I’m so proud of our seniors, led by Hira. They played flawless today coming down the stretch. Hira has had a great year and to go out there and play like she did, we really needed it.”

Naveed, a senior from Australia, posted a score of 74-70-68—212, 1-under, while Rose Huang of Brigham Young was second at 75-73-68—216, followed by Annika Borrelli of San Francisco at 74-71-72—217, Sarah Busey of Santa Clara at 73-74-71—218 and Naomi Soifua of Brigham Young at 73-73-74—220.

“Mentally, I just kept myself together and didn’t let negative thoughts creep in,” said Naveed, who claimed all three of her college titles this season and took the WCC crown after finishing second last year.

“Today that was key on 11, 12 and 13, where I made the eagle. Positive thoughts, mentally I kept it together, and finished strong.”

Quynn Duong of Gonzaga was sixth at 71-74-76—221, followed by Momoka Kobori of Pepperdine at 75-71-76—222, while Samantha Gong of San Francisco shot 82-70-71—223 to tie for eighth with Annick Haczkiewicz of Brigham Young, who finished at 78-73-72—223.

Hannah Haythorne of Pepperdine totaled 76-76-72—224 to tie for 10th with Jessica Mangrobang of Gonzaga, who wound up at 73-77-74—224, and Kathrine Chan of Pepperdine, who came in at 74-77-73—224.

Patricia Wong rounded out the scoring for team champion Pepperdine in a tie for 13th at 75-78-72—225.

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