Team Pepperdine Earns Top Honors in the 2023 Anuenue Spring Break Classic at Ka’anapali
Lahaina, Hawaii: Zoe Campos held her 36-hole lead and took home the trophy today in the 2023 Anuenue Spring Break Classic at Ka’anapali posting a 66-67-71 (-12), two strokes ahead of Tulane’s Carla Bernat. Team Pepperdine finished the 54-hole event at 846 (-18), seven shots ahead of Denver.
Pepperdine Head Coach, Laurie Gibbs thanked the host coach, Julie Brooks and her University of Hawaii team during the awards presentation. “Ka’anapali is such a special place to come to and we are so happy and blessed to be here. I want to thank Ka’anapali Golf Courses for opening up their facility to a college golf event – it is so special to play a course like this – it is so amazing and beautiful here in Maui and we so appreciate it.”
Gibbs continued, “We had a lot of fun out there this week with UCLA and Denver, it was tight, but it was exciting and that is what college golf is all about.” Regarding her team, “They are awesome, these young ladies have worked so hard – it’s all the time and effort and their belief in themselves and their games, and everything we have done to really elevate (their game).” This was Pepperdine’s third win this 2022-2023 season - their other two wins came at the Golfweek Red Sky Classic and the Golf Iconic Classic.
Zoe Campos talked about her mindset going into the final round today, “I just really wanted to stay steady and have the same mindset I had the first two days. I wanted to stay calm throughout the whole day and that’s what I did.” She added, “The back nine, I struggled a bit to make some birdies, but I did make some par saves. When it came down to the last few holes, I just said, ok just give yourself a chance. On that last hole finally, some relief came down on me.”
About the course, Campos commented, “I thought the course was really fun - the greens are definitely really tough, especially because of all the tiers – you have to be on the right tier to make some putts – ya, I really liked it.”
Team Denver and Pepperdine were tied heading into the final round today. It came down to the finishing few holes on the Royal Ka’anapali Course, with a protected green on the par 3 17th and a lagoon lined fairway and green on 18. Many a tournament has been lost or won on these famed finishing holes. Denver Alyson Bean placed 3rd at 207 (-9) and teammate Anna Krekling T13 at 215 (-1) for the week.
Tulane’s Carla Bernat finished in second place for the week at 206 (-10) and made an eagle today on the par 4 14th playing 380 yards. As a team, Tulane placed 5th overall this week with additional teammate standouts, Sandra Vazquez T17 and Miriam Emmert T21.
Individual player, Sadie Englemann of Stanford paced 4th overall at 208 (-8). Stanford had three individuals compete this week at Ka’anapali.
Maui-born Reese Guzman finished T5 at 209 (-7) with teammate Lion Higa. Guzman is no stranger to competing at Ka’anapali, where she was a two-time Maui Interscholastic League Champion and state runner-up at Ka’anapali, before playing at Pepperdine. The Maui High School girls team and coach, Brenda Rego came out to watch Guzman today. The entourage did not interfere with her game, and she was seen after the round chatting with the junior golfers and former coach. Guzman T5 in her 2021 season at the Bruin Wave Invitational – this week’s total was 17 strokes better than the Wave Invitational.
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Full 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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