Men's Golf Opens Spring Season in Florida Next Week
Jan. 31, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's golf team opens the spring season at the Sea Best Invitational in Florida. It's the first of six tournaments before postseason play begins.
EVENT INFO - The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,977-yard TPC Sawgrass / The Players Stadium Course, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday (Feb. 3) and the final 18 on Tuesday (Feb. 4). Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD - Pepperdine is one of 16 teams in the field, which also includes host Jacksonville, Cal Poly, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville State, Liberty, North Florida, Old Dominion, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC-Upstate and Winthrop.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP - After using the same lineup for all four fall tournaments, the Waves will make one change. Sophomore Cameron Davison (Duncan, B.C., Canada/Duncan Christian HS) enters the lineup for the first time this season and the second time in his career. The other four players are seniors Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) and Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Redlands), junior Kevin DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) and sophomore Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS).
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 22 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 27 years. Michael Beard is in his first full season and second year overall as head coach.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.