Anderson Wraps up Pepperdine Career With 1-Under 70 at NCAAs
May 31, 2012
Josh Anderson ended his Pepperdine career on a satisfying note, shooting a 1-under 70 in the third and final round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships on Thursday.
The best round of the tournament for Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS), a senior, allowed him to finish in a tie for 37th place with a total of a 5-over 218 (72-76-70) at the par-71 Riviera Country Club.
Anderson had a total of six birdies on the day, three on the front nine and three on the back nine. He began the day in 59th place and improved 22 spots thanks to his 17th sub-par round of the season.
"It was good," Anderson said. "I got off to a good start, which made things a little easier. I still made a few too many bogeys today, but the course is tough. You hit bad shots, you get penalized for it. But all in all it was a good round."
As he did all week, Anderson was dominant on the par-5s, posting birdies on all three of them. Over the course of the three days, Anderson had an eagle, six birdies and two pars on the par-5s. His combined total of 8-under on the par-5s led all 156 players at the tournament.
"I just seemed to hit two good shots a lot of the time and put myself in position by the green, and made it easy to get up and down for a birdie," he said. "That was the key, to get it up by the green and give myself a chance for the birdie."
Anderson, ranked #44 by Golfstat, finished better than 36 other golfers in the top 100.
He opened his round with birdies on the first and third holes to quickly move to 2-under. A bogey on five was followed by a birdie on the par-3 sixth hole when his tee shot landed four feet away from the pin. Anderson bogeyed seven and eight, however, and made the turn at even-par.
Anderson got back under par on the par-5 11th, when his second shot landed off the green but only about 30 feet away. He chipped to within two feet and sank the birdie putt. After three straight pars, Anderson then bogeyed 15.
On the par-3 16th hole, Anderson rolled in a 20-foot putt for birdie. Then on the par-5 17th, two shots got Anderson right next to the green. His chip shot narrowly missed going in for an eagle, but he made a four-footer for birdie to go to 2-under. He then bogeyed the final hole.
Anderson ends his college career well-represented in Pepperdine's record books. He finishes up third in stroke average (72.66), tied for third in top 20 finishes (31), tied for fourth in top 10 results (21), tied for fourth in wins (three), fourth in sub-par rounds (44) and fifth in total rounds played (152). Also, his stroke average of 71.31 in 2011-12 ranks third in Pepperdine single-season history.
"I'm very blessed to have been able to go school here, to be on scholarship and to be able to play golf at Pepperdine and play for Coach (Geiberger)," Anderson said. "I'm fortunate that I was able to have a good career as well. I'm looking forward to the next step."
Anderson, who won the 2012 NCAA West Regional at Stanford, was making his second appearance at the NCAA Championships. He tied for 106th place in 2011 in Stillwater, Okla. This was the seventh time a Pepperdine individual has advanced to the NCAA Championships without the rest of the team.
Thomas Pieters of Illinois won the individual national championship with a 5-under 208. Seven schools - Alabama, UCLA, Texas, California, San Diego State, Washington and Oregon - advanced to the match-play portion of the team championship, which begins Friday. Kent State and Florida State will have a playoff on Friday morning to determine the eighth team.
Top Teams: 1. Alabama 285-287-287=859; 2. UCLA 289-287-285=861; 3. Texas 290-295-284=869; T4. California 295-289-287=871; T4. San Diego State 292-295-284=871; 6. Washington 296-286-290=872; 7. Oregon 291-294-288=873; T8. Kent State 293-291-291-875; T8. Florida State 290-290-295=875.
Top Individuals: 1. Thomas Pieters (Illinois) 69-68-71=208; T2. Julien Brun (TCU) 72-72-67=211; T2. Tyler McCumber (Florida) 68-71-72=211; T4. Patrick Cantlay (UCLA) 74-72-66=212; T4. Corey Conners (Kent State) 68-75-69=212; T4. Cory Whitsett (Alabama) 73-68-71=212.
Pepperdine Score: T37. * Josh Anderson 72-76-70=218.
* playing as individual