Pepperdine Fired up the Ranks today to T1 with Denver Going into the Final Round of the 2023 Anuenue Spring Break Classic at Ka’anapali. UCLA’s Zoe Campos Still Holds the Lead at -11
Lahaina, Hawaii: There was a wave of action from team Pepperdine today in the second day of the 2023 Anuenue Spring Break Classic at Ka’anapali as they surfed into first place, along with the Denver Pioneers at 561 (-15). The Waves were led by Lion Higo (T4), Yingzhi Zhu (T6) and Maui’s own Reese Guzman (T8) who tied for the second-best score today 66 (-5).
Pepperdine Head Coach, Laurie Gibbs talked about her team preparation for the tournament, “The main thing that we talk about each morning is just playing one shot at a time.” She added, “It’s really an accumulation of what we do leading up to tournaments – we have a great group, they really work hard and have great chemistry together - supporting each other and their dedication to the team.”
When asked about any standouts for Pepperdine, Gibbs noted, “Obviously Reese at five-under was incredible today and Higo had a bogey-free round. Zhu has been very steady.” Gibbs added, “The (Royal Ka’anapali) course is challenging, the greens are challenging and it’s important to keep it in play. You need to hit the fairway to be able to hit it into the green and that’s what they’ve been doing; they’ve been doing it all year – hitting good shots and giving themselves opportunities.”
Reese Guzman was a standout golfer at Maui High School, where she was a two-time MIL champion and state runner-up twice (once at Ka’anapali), before playing at Pepperdine.
After posting the second lowest round in team history on Monday, Denver today was led by Alyson Bean who shot 68 (-4) and Anna Cathrine Krekling at 70 (-2). Bean had a bogey-free round, posting four birdies, but had to scrap for a few sandy par saves. Krekling had four birdies and two bogeys for the day. The Crimson and Gold's 561 set a new program record for a low score for the team through 36 holes.
UCLA’s Zoe Campos holds the lead after starting and ending her round with a few birdies. She has a one-stroke lead over Tulane's Carla Bernat and two shots ahead of Denver’s Alyson Bean. Campos' scores of 66 and 67 are the lowest of her collegiate career, besting her previous mark of 68. Team UCLA is in third place heading into the final round at Ka’anapali tomorrow.
Team San Francisco Head Coach Sara Doell commented on her team’s play so far this week after having a very rainy start to their golf season. “I’m proud of them after yesterday’s round – they looked really sharp. I told them today, let’s just tighten up our games a little bit - it’s a putt here, a decision there and, we came out firing today – we were seven under through five holes!” Doell added, the 15th hole crushed us, but we’re a young team, I’m proud of them – I’m excited about what we’re doing and we shot 292-289 so far and we’ve averaged 295 before this event so we couldn’t ask for any better.”
About Riana Mission who is T8 going into tomorrow Coach Doell stated, “She hit 16 greens and she said she wasn’t any farther than 18 feet from the pin all day – quite honestly, the three-under she’s disappointed with. She struggled with her putts but she’s a solid player – last year she went to Regionals on her own as a freshman. Right now she’s having a good spring, but I know there’s more in there for her here – look for her tomorrow.”
The ladies tee off at 8AM with walking spectators welcome.
Live Scoring and results: Golfstat
Host: University of Hawai‘i
Defending Team Champion: UC Davis (2021)
Defending Individual Champion: Madison Wood, UC Davis (2021)
Boise State, Brigham Young, Cal Poly, Denver, Gonzaga, Hawai‘i, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle, Stanford (three individuals) Tulane, UC Davis and UCLA.
About Kā’anapali Golf Courses
Built on 300 acres of land once home to Hawaiian royalty, Kā‘anapali Golf Courses present golfers with pristine conditions and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and West Maui Mountains.
Opened in 1962 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Kā‘anapali Course features wide fairways and undulating greens which make it both distinctive and demanding. The tournament-tested layout played host to the Champions Tour Kā‘anapali Classic for 14 years, Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA Kemper Open, welcoming Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jan Stephenson, Betsy King and other legends.
Complementing the Royal Kā‘anapali Course is the modernized Kā‘anapali Kai Course, which hosted Golf Channel’s “Big Break Kā‘anapali” in 2008. Extensively renovated in 2005, the 6,400-yard, par-70 layout boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways and resurfaced greens.
The Ka’anapali Golf Courses are managed by Indigo Sports, a Troon Company. For more information on Ka’anapali Golf Courses, visit www.kaanapaligolfcourses.com.
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