Bianca Pagdanganan Ties NCAA Record With 61
March 17, 2017
SAINT GEORGE, Utah – The Gonzaga Bulldogs, and more specifically sophomore Bianca Pagdanganan, made a bit of history during the final round of the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational on Friday at Sunbrook Golf Course in Saint George.
After shooting three-under on the front nine, Pagdanganan went on to finish with a tournament, course, school, and West Coast Conference record 61, leading to an -11 score for the day and first place win by eight strokes. She helped the Zags to a second-place finish at +1. In addition, the score tied the NCAA women’s golf single-round record, held by Esther Lee of Colorado and Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford.
Pagdanganan opened her round with two birdies on the first two holes, and carried a 33 into the back nine. She birdied the first three holes on the back, and picked up two more on 14 and 16, before draining an ace on the par-three 17.
“After making birdie on the 16th, which is the hardest hole on the course, she hit a nine iron just past the hole that backed up into the hole,” Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said. “We couldn’t see it go in, but the crowd went crazy and it took us a minute to realize it went in.”
She was not done after that, birdieing 18 for good measure to best the previous school record, 66, and WCC record, 63 by Katherine Hull and Grace Na of Pepperdine, with her 61.
“After two great shots on 18 she drained an eight-foot putt and fist pumped with a 61,” Rickel said.
For Pagdanganan, it marked her second career win and first of this season as she finished at -14. Nina Novilla finished in 11th for GU with a second round 73 to finish +2, her best career finish by four spots. Ciera Min finished strong with a 73 to tie for 14th and +5 in the tourney. Jessica Mangrobang finished +9 in 25th, her second-best career finish, and Diana Araneta was +13 in 40th, her best career finish. Jena Gao, playing as an individual, was in 62nd at +24.
The Zags picked up some huge momentum on the week as they head to the three-day Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Maui on March 27.
“I am happy with our team,” Rickel said. “We are getting better every round and the freshman are contributing. We are looking forward to Maui.”
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