No. 22 Men's Golf Opens Play at UH-Hilo Intercollegiate Wednesday
Feb. 7, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
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The nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's golf team continues its spring schedule this week when it competes at the University of Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Wednesday.
The tournament format calls for 18 holes to be played each day Wednesday through Friday and will be contested on the par-72, 6,814-yard Waikoloa Village Golf Course.
The 16-team tournament field includes Arizona State, Arkansas, Augusta State, UC Davis, Colorado, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, host University of Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Rhode Island, Stanford, Texas, Texas Christian, USC and Washington.
A total of six teams - Oklahoma State (2), Georgia Tech (3), Arizona State (7), Washington (21), Pepperdine (22) and Texas (27) - are ranked in the latest Golfweek rankings.
PING ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE: Pepperdine opened its spring schedule at the Ping Arizona Intercollegiate at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona, and tied Tulsa for fifth place with a 2-under par 54-hole score of 850. Brigham Young captured the team title with an 18-under par total 834 to finish nine shots ahead host Arizona and Arizona State. Both the Wildcats and Sun Devils carded 9-under par scores of 843. New Mexico (848) placed fourth, two shots ahead of the Waves and Tulsa. Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares carded a 9-under score of 204 to tie Arizona's Henry Liaw and Matt Mills for individual medalist honors. Liaw posted an eagle on the fourth playoff hole to defeat Canizares and Mills. Pepperdine senior Alex Coe carded a 4-under par 209 to tie for seventh and lead the Waves.
FALL RECAP: Pepperdine competed in four tournaments in the fall and place in the Top 10 in all five events. The Waves highest finish came at The Club Glove Intercollegiate where they finished second behind San Diego State with a 36-hole score of 909. Senior Alex Coe led Pepperdine with a 73.08 stroke average in 12 rounds.
PEPPERDINE RANKED AMONG TOP MEN'S PROGRAMS: Over the last six years, Pepperdine has been the 25th-best men's golf program according to Golfweek, which combined its college rankings from the past six seasons. Georgia Tech came out on top and is followed by Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma State and Florida.
Following next week's PING Arizona Invitational, Pepperdine will next be in action on February 8 when it competes in the Taylor Made Waikoloa Invitational in Kona, Hawaii.
THE PROGRAM: Although historical records are sketchy, Pepperdine fielded its first-ever golf team in the late 1940's or early 1950's. The program was deemphasized in the early 1970's when the school relocated to Malibu, but was reinstituted as an intercollegiate sport in the fall of 1982. In 1987, Pepperdine achieved its first notable success, as the Waves upset several local collegiate powers and claimed the team championship of the Southern California Invitational at the Torrey Pines Country Club in San Diego. Pepperdine won its first-ever West Coast Conference (WCC) title that same year, and Jim Johnson earned a spot competing as an individual at the NCAA Championships--a first-time accomplishment for a Waves' player. Pepperdine has since won the WCC crown a total of 15 times--1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005--in the last 19 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA West Regional Championships 13 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field six times in the last 12 years (1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2004). Pepperdine has emerged as a regular in the national Top 25 rankings since 1993, and climaxed the 1997 campaign by winning its first-ever NCAA team title.
John Geiberger: John Geiberger begins his 10th season as the Waves' head coach. During his rookie season in 1996-97, Geiberger directed Pepperdine to its first-ever NCAA men's golf title. A three-year letterwinner at Pepperdine from 1989-91, Geiberger was hired as the University's head men's golf coach in August of 1996. During Geiberger's collegiate career in Malibu, Pepperdine captured West Coast Conference (WCC) titles in 1989 and 1991, and he earned All-WCC accolades in 1990 and 1991. Geiberger earned a bachelor's degree in organizational communications from the University in 1993. In addition to playing in numerous amateur tournaments, Geiberger caddied for his father, Al, on a regular basis from 1991-96 on the PGA Senior Tour. Geiberger was tabbed the 1997 WCC "Coach of the Year" after leading the Waves to the league championship. Geiberger was selected the 1997 National and District 8 "Coach of the Year" by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Pepperdine has won the WCC title each of the last seven seasons, and Geiberger has shared the league's "Coach of the Year" award in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005.
SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sports Information Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the 2005-06 school year.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: For additional information on the men's golf program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling (310) 506-4445.