Men's Golf to Compete at USC Collegiate
UPCOMING Â The Pepperdine men’s golf team will play at a familiar site this week, as they will compete at the USC Collegiate at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village from Monday, Mar. 3 through Tuesday, Mar. 4. North Ranch is one of Pepperdine’s home courses. Play begins Monday at 7:30 a.m. with 36 holes of action and continues Tuesday with 18 holes. Both rounds will commence with a shotgun start.
THE COURSE Â The North Ranch Country Club is a 6,900 yard, par 71-course designed by Ted Robinson.
THE FIELD Â Pepperdine is one of 14 teams competing in the USCCollegiate field. The Waves will be joined by host USC, BYU, California, Fresno State, LMU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA (Gold-B Team) and Washington.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP Â The anticipated lineup for the USC Collegiate is Jesse Barnsley, Eric Shriver, Andrew Putnam, Shane Mason and Andrew Widmar. Additionally, Colin Wilcox and Austyn Karle will competing as individuals for the Waves.
LIVE STATS Â Live scoring for the USC Collegiate can be found on http://www.golfstat.com.
RANKINGS Â The Waves are currently ranked #28 by Golfweek/Sagarin, #33 by Golfstat and receiving votes in GolfWorld/Nike. Additionally, Andrew Putnam is ranked 26th in the Golf Week/Sagarin individual rankings and Jesse Barnsley is 55th.
LAST TIME OUT Â In the first tournamen of the spring, Pepperdine finished tied for ninth place at the John Hayt Collegiate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Jesse Barnsley was the Waves’ high finisher, placing eighth for his second top 10 showing of the season.
PEPPERDINE AT THE USC COLLEGIATE Â This is the 18th time the Waves will compete at the USC Collegiate. The Waves won the tournament in 2006 and finished tied for eighth last season. Shane Mason and Eric Shriver were the Waves’ top finishers, as each tied for 20th place.
JOHN GEIBERGER Â The 2007-08 season marks John Geiberger’s 12th as head coach of Pepperdine. In his first season as coach of the Waves, Geiberger led the team to the 1997 NCAA national title, the first in team history. Under Geiberger’s guidance, Pepperdine has won the WCC title nine times (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007) and he has earned the league’s Coach of the Year honors on five occasions (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005).
PEPPERDINE AMONG THE BEST Â Golf Digest recently released its College Guide in which golf programs were ranked based on their total ability to provide a quality experience for a student-athlete. The Pepperdine men’s program ranked #5 in the nation in the magazine’s overall balanced category, which takes into account the team’s success, player growth, academics, climate, facilities and coaches.
2007-08 ACCOLADES Â After being named Golf World’s College Player of the Week following his eight-stroke victory at the William Tucker Intercollegiate, Senior Jesse Barnsley was also named the WCC Player of the Month for September. Freshman Andrew Putnam was named WCC Co-Player of the Month for October after finishing in second place in his first collegiate tournament at the Club Glove Intercollegiate.
2006-07 RECAP Â The Waves captured the school’s ninth WCC crown in the last 11 seasons and made its 10th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. In the NCAA West Regionals, the Waves tied for 12th and came two shots short of a berth in the NCAA Championships.
FAMILIAR FACES Â Pepperdine returns every member from the 2006-07 squad that claimed the WCC crown and the school’s 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA West Regionals. Jesse Barnsley, Eric Shriver and Colin Wilcox return for their senior seasons, followed by sophomores Olin Browne, Shane Mason, Jorge Mazario, Carl Smith and Andrew Widmar. Redshirt freshman Chad Vivolo will begin his first season of competition with the Waves, as they welcome in freshmen Josh Anderson, Austyn Karle and Andrew Putnam.
MEN’S GOLF HISTORY Â Following the blueprint of other athletics programs at Pepperdine, the men’s golf team has blossomed to become a nationally recognized program, and the Waves reached the pinnacle of success in May of 1997 by winning the NCAA title for the first time. Pepperdine has made seven appearances at the NCAA Championships since 1993, and the Waves have established themselves as a perennial challenger for the NCAA team title. The 2006-07 season saw the Waves capture their ninth WCC crown in the past 11 seasons while also advancing to the NCAA Regional round for the 10th consecutive season.