PEPPERDINE 2012-13: Did not see any action as a freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bullard High School, located in Fresno, Calif., in 2012 ... Played four years on the varsity ... Earned all-league honors as a junior and senior .. Had a scoring average of 72.5 as a senior ... Finished second at the 2012 Central Section Individual Championship ... Set a league and school record with a 5-under 31 over nine holes at Riverbend Golf Club ... Team won league titles all four years and was the section champion in 2010 ... A four-year scholar-athlete ... Graduated magna cum laude and was valedictorian.
PERSONAL: Born in Fresno, Calif. ... Son of Maryann and Moses Stites ... Has one brother, Robbie ... Majoring in exercise science ... Chose Pepperdine for its "small class sizes, reputation of the school, the university's morals, its location and for the ability to grow as a person away from home."
FAVORITES: Favorites include Jason Dufner (pro golfer), Augusta National (golf course), No Excuses (book), Remember the Titans (movie), Community (TV show), Incubus (musical artist), steak (food) and soccer (sport other than golf) ... Favorite thing about golf is "it's a game that owes nothing to the player, it's up to the individual to determine how great they become."