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Men's Golf Finishes in Sixth Place in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Pepperdine men's golf team concluded the first tournament of the spring season with a sixth-place result at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Tuesday.

The Waves, who were the defending champions at the event, finished with a 5-under 847 (284-275-288) at the par-71 Arizona National Golf Course. California (823) defeated host Arizona (824) by one stroke for the team crown.

"The final round was a little frustrating," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "This course can come up and bite you. The good news is that we showed we can play mediocre but still play with some of the better teams in the country. Yesterday's second round showed a little more of what we're capable of playing. This was the first tournament of the spring and it's a starting point for all of us. We have some things to work on but we'll get better."

Senior Shane Mason (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) had his second straight subpar round and finished in a tie for 24th place with a 1-under 212 (75-68-69). He began his third round with a bogey, but had three birdies and 14 pars the rest of the way en route to a 2-under 69.

Junior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) tied with Mason and others in 24th with a 2-under 212 of his own (67-73-72). He had three birdies today and a total of 16 for the tournament.

Senior Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) and junior Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) both tied for 33rd place with 2-over 215s. Smith shot 72-70-73 and Widmar was at 71-69-75.

Sophomore Josh Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) tied for 40th place with a 3-over 216 (74-68-74). He had four birdies during his final round.

The Waves are next in action one month from now at the USC Intercollegiate, held in Westlake Village, on March 1-2.

Team Results: 1. California 269-274-280=823; 2. Arizona 279-271-274=824; 3. Fresno State 284-273-281=838; 4. Florida 281-279-279=839; 5. Texas A&M 283-277-281=841; 6. Pepperdine 284-275-288=847; 7. UNLV 292-273-283=848; 8. Nevada 280-286-289=855; 9. New Mexico 283-277-298=858; 10. San Diego State 290-286-284=860; 11. Arizona (B) 288-285-291=864; 12. Texas-El Paso 296-297-306=899; 13. Texas-San Antonio 304-291-306=901; 14. Northern Colorado 311-309-297=917.

Top Individuals: 1. Rich Saferian (Arizona) 68-66-66=200; T2. Bhavik Patel (Fresno State) 69-65-69=203; T2. Michael Weaver (California) 64-68-71=203; 4. Jordan Russell (Texas A&M) 66-70-69=205; T5. Tarquin MacManus (Arizona) 66-73-67=206; T5. Eric Mina (California) 68-68-70=206.

Pepperdine Scores: T24. Shane Mason 75-68-69=212; T24. Andrew Putnam 67-73-72=212; T33. Carl Smith 72-70-73=215; T33. Andrew Widmar 71-69-75=215; T40. Josh Anderson 74-68-74=216.




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