No. 6 Pepperdine Travels To Northwest This Weekend For Oregon Duck Invitational
March 18, 2005
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The Pepperdine men's golf team continues its busy spring schedule when it travels to the Pacific Northwest to compete in the Oregon Duck Invitational beginning on Monday.
The 54-hole tournament calls for 36 holes to be played on Monday and the final 18 are scheduled for Tuesday at the par-72, 6,900-yeard Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. The field includes four teams currently ranked in Golfweek's Top 33.
The 16-team field includes, Alabama-Birmingham, UC Riverside, Georgia Tech, Hawaii-Hilo, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State.
Pepperdine is coming off a disappointing ninth place finish at the General Jim Hackler Invitational at the TPC of Myrtle Beach in Murrells, South Carolina. The Waves were forced to play the tournament without junior All-American Michael Putnam, who was disqualified during the first round.
Senior Brian O'Flaherty carded rounds of 74-77-71 to tie for the 10th and finish as Pepperdine's top individual.
Host Coastal Carolina claimed the the tournament title with a 22-over par total of 886. The Waves concluded play with a 44-over par score of 908.
The Oregon Duck Invitational marks the second of three straight weeks that Pepperdine will be competing in a tournament. Following their trip to Oregon, the Waves will travel to Tucson, Arizona, to take part in the N.I.T. Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona at the Tucson National Golf Course.
Individually, senior All-American Michael Putnam led the Waves a 71.19 stroke average and recorded four Top 10 finishes. His best showing came at the The Club Glove Intercollegiate where he tied for second place. Putnam is ranked No. 22 in the latest Golfweek rankings.
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 14 times--1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004--in the last 18 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA West Regional Championships 11 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field six times in the last 11 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 ninth 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 five seasons, and Geiberger has shared the league's "Coach of the Year" award in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
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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.