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Na loves the Kapalua Bay Course, for obvious reasons
March 28, 2014 - Robert Collias
Sorry I didn't get this posted Thursday, super busy. Pepperdine University's Grace Na is a young woman who I believe we will see on the LPGA Tour in the near future and if Maui ever adds another event, she will be on the entry list for sure.
She has a captivating personality perhaps best summed up to the casual observer by her bag tag that reads "Na-Na" on the name plate.
Here is the start of my story wrapping up Na's second straight victory at the Kapalua Bay Course in the Anuenue Spring Break Classic:
KAPALUA - Understandably, Grace Na is a little sad that Wednesday was her last competitive round as a college golfer at the Kapalua Bay Course.
The Pepperdine senior cruised to her second straight Anuenue Spring Break Classic title with a 3-under-par 69 that gave her an 11-under total of 205, eight strokes in front of runner-up Betty Chen of UC Davis.
The Waves also won the team championship, closing with a 1-over 293 to finish at 6-over 870, nine shots in front of Washington. Hawaii (309) finished 12th in the 15-team field at 924.
Na has simply dominated the event for the last two years - she won by five strokes in 2013, and this year bettered her own tournament record for the 3-year-old event by a stroke.
"I don't know, I got a little bit lucky - I really like this golf course," Na said after her sixth college title. "It's a challenging golf course, it's hard to pay attention with the ocean in the background. The wind definitely has its fair share of challenges. For me, I don't personally practice on Bermuda, so the Bermuda greens were a bit challenging, but it looks like I got the hang of it."
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