Men's Golf Opens Michael Beard Era, Spring Season Next Week
Jan. 25, 2013
Michael Beard takes his team into competition for the first time next week when the Waves open the spring season at the Arizona Intercollegiate. The Waves, who have played this event 13 of the last 15 years, won it in 2009 and placed fourth last season.
EVENT INFO -- The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,954-yard Golf Club at Vistoso in Oro Valley, Ariz. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday (Jan. 28) and the final 18 will be on Tuesday (Jan. 29). Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD -- Pepperdine is one of 15 teams in the field, along with host Arizona, Arizona State, California, Cal State Fullerton, Central Arkansas, Kennesaw State, Liberty, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Santa Clara, TCU, UC Riverside, Utah and UTEP.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP -- The Waves had their best showing of the fall season in their final event (fifth place at the Warrior Wave Princeville Intercollegiate) and they'll be sending the same five players to Arizona. Senior Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS), juniors Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) and Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Univ. of Redlands), sophomore Kevin DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) and freshman Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) are the five.
NOTABLES -- Johnny Mac Arthur is the Waves' top returner. He had a stroke average of 72.86 last season, second on the team, and qualified for the NCAA West Regional as an individual last spring. His scoring average improved by multiple strokes from his freshman to sophomore to junior seasons ... Parker Page is the last Wave to win a tournament, as he was co-medalist at the Folino Invitational in spring 2012 ... Jeremy Sanders was a two-time Division III All-American first teamer at Redlands and had two top-five finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships before transferring to Pepperdine last fall.
ROSTER -- Pepperdine's roster saw a good deal of change in the offseason (and even midseason). Of Pepperdine's 11-man roster, four saw action for the Waves last season. The newcomers consist of four true freshmen, two transfers and one student-athlete who didn't compete last season. The breakdown is one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. The Waves added Cal transfer Nick Thomas at the start of the spring semester.
BEARD -- Former Pepperdine All-American Michael Beard was named the Waves' new head coach in December 2012. He has spent the previous season-and-a-half as an assistant at Arizona State. Beard competed for the Waves between 1999-2002 and was a GCAA All-American honorable mention selection in both 2000 and 2002. He was the medalist at the 2000 NCAA West Regional and the 2002 WCC Championships and was a four-time All-WCC first teamer. He still ranks first in total rounds played (1652) and fourth in career scoring average (72.72) at Pepperdine. After playing professionally for several years, he served as an assistant coach at Pepperdine for one season and helped the Waves to make the 2011 NCAA Championships.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY -- Thanks to its victory at the 1997 NCAA Championships, Pepperdine will always be known on a national level for its outstanding men's golf program. The Waves have made eight appearances at the NCAA Championships since 1993 and have made NCAA Regional berths in 19 of the last 21 years. In the West Coast Conference, they've won a league-best 17 championships since 1987 and have finished either first or second in 21 of the last 26 years.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- The squad has sites on both Facebook (Pepperdine Men's Golf) and Twitter (@PeppMensGolf). You can also follow the coaches on Twitter at @mbbeard11 and @CoachCarlSmith.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.