MALIBU, Calif. Â Redshirt freshman Josh Anderson will become the first active Pepperdine men’s golfer to take part in a PGA Tour event when he tees off at the Buick Invitational this week.
Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) won a one-round qualifying event in the fall to earn a spot in the field as an amateur. The tournament begins Thursday at Torrey Pines and runs through Sunday (Feb. 5-8).
Anderson goes into the event with some positive momentum, as he was part of a Waves team that won the Arizona Intercollegiate on Tuesday (Feb. 3). Unfortunately, the tournament forced him to miss Monday’s and Tuesday’s practice rounds at Torrey Pines. He flew to San Diego last night from Tucson. A pro-am is on the schedule today before tomorrow’s opening round.
Anderson is slated to tee off at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday on the North Course with Bob Heintz and Jason Day.
“I was excited to get a win this week with the team,” Anderson said. “As for me, I’m hoping to play well and be up to the challenge. It’ll be tough (going without the practice rounds). I heard I was going to get to play with Phil Mickelson, but that’s the way it goes. My goal at any tournament is to win, so that’s what my mindset is going to be. But I’d really like to make the cut, of course.”
Among the regulars, Anderson is second on the Pepperdine squad with a 72.89 stroke average in 18 rounds. In six tournaments, he has posted two top 10 and five top 20 finishes. Anderson tied for 15th place at the Arizona Intercollegiate with a 3-over 216.
The Waves’ next tournament is the USC Intercollegiate in Westlake Village, Calif., on Feb. 23-24.