Zach Gray's photos of the Waves in action at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Pepperdine men's golf team competing at the North Ranch Country Club.
CAREER: A three-time All-American and a four-time All-Region and All-WCC selection ... Finished his career second on Pepperdine's career stroke average list at 72.57 ... Also on the records list, ranks tied for first with 36 top-20 finishes, third in sub-par rounds (52), fourth with 21 top-10 results and seventh in rounds played (147) ... Made the top 20 in 36 of his 49 tournaments ... Won two tournaments.
PEPPERDINE 2010-11: Named to the Golfweek All-American honorable mention team as a senior ... Was placed on the PING All-West Region team and All-WCC first team for the fourth time ... Was one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award and was on the Hogan Award watch list ... Ended with a national ranking of #35 by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin ... Had a team-best stroke average of 72.03 (the fourth-best single-season mark in Pepperdine history) ... Had eight top-20 finishes and five top-10 results among his 13 tournaments (39 rounds) ... WCC Player of the Month in February ... Won the first two tournaments of his career ... Was tri-medalist at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate with a 4-under 212 (69-65-78) ... Won the Arizona Invitational outright with a 7-under 206 (65-71-70) ... Placed second at the Husky Invitational with a 6-under 210 (73-69-68) ... Third at the General Hackler Championship with a 1-under 215 (72-73-70) ... Tied for fourth at the WCC Championships (68-72-74) ... Had a team-high 15 sub-par rounds, with a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Tucker Intercollegiate (tying the fifth-best round in school history) ... Tied for 25th at the NCAA Southwest Regional (71-74-69=214) and tied for 38th at the NCAA Championships (77-75-71=223) ... A GCAA All-American Scholar for the second time as well as WCC All-Academic first team and WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2009-10: Made both the PING All-West Region team and the All-WCC first team for the third straight year as a junior ... Led the Waves with a 72.59 stroke average in 39 rounds and 13 tournaments ... His scoring average ranks eighth in school single-season history ... In the final national rankings, was #71 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #100 by Golfstat ... Recorded 14 sub-par rounds and finished seven tournaments at or below par ... Recorded eight top 20 and five top 10 finishes ... Best result was a tie for fifth place at the Fresno Lexus Classic with an even-par 213 (69-69-75) ... Best score was a 4-under 209 (67-71-71) at the Western Refining All-American Classic, where he took 10th place ... Tied for ninth at the WCC Championships (71-74-80=225) and tied for 17th at the NCAA South Central Regional (72-69-76=217) ... Best rounds were 4-under 67s to start both the Western Refining All-American Classic and the Arizona Intercollegiate ... A GCAA All-America Scholar who also made the WCC All-Academic first team and earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2008-09: Named to the PING All-American honorable mention squad for the second straight year following his sophomore campaign ... Was also named the WCC Player of the Year ... Made the PING All-West Region and All-WCC first team for the second time ... Won three WCC Player of the Month awards (October, February and March) ... Led the team with 72.74 stroke average (which ranks #9 on Pepperdine's single-season list) ... Competed in 14 tournaments and 42 rounds ... Had a remarkable streak where he finished in the top 20 in his first 13 tournaments of the season ... Also had seven top 10 results ... Finished #51 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index and #93 in the Golfstat rankings ... Had a team-high total of 16 sub-par rounds and finished eight tournaments either at even-par or below par ... Best finish was second place at the USC Intercollegiate with an 8-under 205 (68-71-66) ... The 5-under 66 in the third round was his best round of the season ... Had fourth-place results at The Prestige at PGA West and the Oregon Duck Invitational ... Was invited to take part in the Western Refining All-American Classic and tied for 10th place (73-69-71=213) ... Tied for 15th at the WCC Championships (71-73-73=217) ... Took 71st at the NCAA South Central Regional (81-87-87=255) ... Made the WCC All-Academic team and earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
PEPPERDINE 2007-08: Concluded an excellent freshman campaign by being named to the Golfweek All-American third team and the PING All-American honorable mention squad ... Averaged a team-best 73.07 strokes in 27 rounds ... Played in nine of 12 varsity tournaments ... Ended the season ranked #27 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #46 by Golfstat ... Also was named to the PING All-Pacific Region team, was the WCC Freshman of the Year and an All-WCC first team selection ... Was on the Jack Nicklaus Award watch list ... Had four top 10 and seven top 20 finishes ... Finished second at his first collegiate tournament, the Club Glove Intercollegiate (71-82-73=226) ... Named WCC Player of the Month for October for that performance ... Then tied for third at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate with a 15-under 201 (67-71-63) ... Shot a 9-under 63, tying the school record, in the third round ... Had a 5-under 211 (71-72-68) to finish in a tie for fifth at the National Invitational Tournament ... Tied for 11th at the WCC Championships (75-73-76=224) ... Tied for 42nd at the NCAA West Regional (74-75-74=223) ... Had a total of seven rounds under par ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
JUNIOR/AMATEUR GOLF: Competed at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (missed the cut) ... Won the 2010 Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club ... Competed in the 2008 and 2010 U.S. Amateurs ... Placed second at the 2010 Sahalee Plauyers Championship ... Went 1-1-1 and helped the U.S. to victory in the 2008 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship ... Won the 2006 American Junior Golf Association Pacific Northwest Championship ... Named the 2006 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Player of the Year ... Named the 2006 Washington Junior Golf Association Championship (WJGA) State Player of the Year ... Won the 2005 WJGA Championship ... A member of the 2005 Hogan's Cup team.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Life Christian Academy in University Place, Wash. ... A three-time state champion ... Named the 2007 Tacoma Male Athlete of the Year, a 2007 AJGA second-team All-American and a 2007 Rolex All-American ... Led Life Christian to three state championships and a top 20 national ranking ... Member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born in Tacoma, Wash. ... Son of Daniel and Karin Putnam ... Has three brothers, Joel, Michael and Nathan ... Michael was a three-time All-American at Pepperdine and is currently playing professionally ... Majoring in business ... Chose Pepperdine because of the "location, weather, school and the golf team."
FAVORITES: Hobbies including playing basketball, going to the beach, hunting, motorcycling and skiing ... Favorites include Tiger Woods (pro golfer), Tacoma Country Club (golf course), The Bible (book), Shooter (movie), Shark Week (TV series), Hillsong (musical artist) and basketball (sport other than golf) ... Favorite thing about golf is "it's not only physically challenging but mentally challenging."