May 17, 2017
NCAA Championships Notes
Friday Tee Times & Pairings
FRIDAY-MONDAY, MAY 19-22, 2017 | SUGAR GROVE, ILL. | RICH HARVEST FARMS
PAR AND DISTANCE: Par-72 | 6,343 or 6,261 yards
FIRST GU TEE TIME: 10:55 am PST
LIVE SCORING: GoZags.com
LAST TIME AT EVENT: 2016 | T-128th, 22-over (238)
TOP GU INDIVIDUAL: Bianca Pagdanganan
ANOTHER RUN AT HISTORY:
- Bianca Pagdanganan is making her second-straight NCAA Championships appearance as an individual.
- Last season, as a freshman, Pagdanganan posted a tournament score of 238 (+22) and tied for 128th. She was the first Gonzaga golfer – male or female – to compete in the NCAA Championships after earning the berth via a T-8th finish at the NCAA’s Bryan Regional.
- Her best score of the tournament came on the first day when she fired a 76, which stands as the best round in school history at the NCAA Championships.
ABOUT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
- 24 teams and 12 individuals, will compete at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
- After 54 holes of stroke play, the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match play competition and the 72-hole stroke play individual champion. The Monday round will be live on the Golf Channel.
- Pagdanganan will tee off Friday, May 19 at 10:55 am PST on hole one with Laura Fuenfstueck & Camila Serrano.
- Rich Harvest Farms is consistently ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
- The course is Par-72 and either 6343 or 6261 yards long, depending on the tee box locations on holes number five and nine. The course plays through wooded hillsides and open fields, making use of the natural streams and wetlands. Maintained natural areas and 100+ bunkers add strategic value and visual appeal.
- She finished two-under par and in a tie for fourth place after shooting a 72 in the final round of the NCAA Regional Championship at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M.
- Her score of (-2) tied the program record she set last year and her fourth-place finish set a new school record.
- Pagdanganan led the tournament in eagles with two and par-five scoring at six-under overall.
- Her second-round 69 is just the third round in the 60s in program history in the regional round. She owns the other two rounds as well, a first-round 67 and second-round 69 in last year’s regional.
PAGDANGANAN NAMED GOLFER OF THE MONTH AND ALL-WCC:
- Sophomore Bianca Pagdanganan was named the WCC Golfer of the Month for the month of March.
- She represented Gonzaga along with Ciera Min on the All-WCC team for the second consecutive year.
- She shot a tournament, course, school, and West Coast Conference record 61 in her second round at the Pizza Hut Thunderbird Invitational, tying the NCAA women’s golf single-round record, held by Esther Lee of Colorado and Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford.
- She won the tournament, her second career win, with a program-record score of 130 (-14). It was the first individual win for the Zags this season and the team finished second, their best finish this year.
- For the Zags, it was the second-best 18-hole score (285) (-3) and 36-hole score (577) (+1) in team history.
- She tied her career low 54-hole score of 213 at the Silverado Showdown where she finished ninth.
- She has recorded eight of Gonzaga’s 17 rounds below par this year and has been the Zags’ top finisher seven times.
- She owns the three lowest GU rounds this year (61, 66, 67) and has finished under par in an event five times.
- The sophomore is currently ranked 79th in the nation by Golfweek and 53rd by Golfstat.
- She led the team with a school-record 72.77 stroke average.
- Pagdanganan finished 11th at the WCC Championships, the top finisher for GU.
- She finished ninth in a loaded field at the Silverado Showdown at -3. She led after the first day in a field that had NCAA opponents Stanford, Oregon, California, and Pepperdine, in the 21st ranked tournament by Golfweek.
- Pagdanganan won the Philippine Ladies Open in January, leading wire-to-wire and firing a final round 69, three-under par. Pagdanganan set a new record for the lowest three-day score in tournament history with a -16 finish.
ALREADY IN THE BOOKS:
- After two seasons Pagdanganan already owns the two best scoring averages in program history, 72.77 in 2017, and 73.21 in 2016.
- She has two tournament victories, tied for second all-time behind Alice Kim who won five.
- She owns the lowest round (61) and four of the nine lowest rounds in program history (66 and 67, twice).
- The sophomore has recorded the two lowest 36-hole scores of 130 and 136, and the fifth lowest at 140.
- Her low 54-hole score of 213 is fifth best in program history.
THERE IS ONLY 12 SPOTS:
- Pagdanganan and Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest are the only advancing individuals in this year’s field that qualified as individuals for last year’s NCAA Championships as well.
- Pagdanganan is joined by Alex White of BYU and the Pepperdine team, the most qualifiers from any non-power five conference.