Men's Golf Plays at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
March 19, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The postseason grows nearer for the Pepperdine men's golf team, which has two regular-season events remaining, beginning with the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational this weekend.
EVENT INFO - The tournament will be held at the par-71, 7,026-yard Karsten Golf Course, located in Tempe, Ariz. Teams will play 18 holes each day between Friday and Sunday (March 21-23). Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD - Pepperdine is one of 15 teams in the field, which also includes host Arizona State, Arizona, Colorado State, Denver, Fresno State, Hawaii, Iowa, Iowa State, New Mexico State, San Diego, St. John's, Tulsa, Washington State and Wichita State.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP - The Waves' lineup will consist of senior Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Redlands), sophomore Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS), junior Kevin DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS), sophomore Nick Thomas (Westlake Village, Calif./Chaminade College Prep/California) and freshman Robin Kang (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./South Torrance HS). DeHuff is coming off a career-best tie for 11th place at the San Diego Classic. Sanders leads the team with a 73.38 scoring average.
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.
Please see the attached PDF for more information on the Waves and season statistics.