Men's Golf Ends Regular Season at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
April 4, 2013
Michael Beard returns to ASU, where he was an assistant coach at the start of this school year before coming back to Pepperdine midseason. The next tournament is the West Coast Conference Championships, set for April 15-17 in Washington.
EVENT INFO -- The tournament will be held at the par-71, 7,026-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Teams will play 18 holes each day between Friday and Sunday (April 5-7). Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD -- Pepperdine is one of 18 teams in the field, along with host Arizona State, Arizona, California, Cal State Northridge, Denver, Harvard, Hawaii, Iowa State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Diego, San Diego State, Seattle, St. John's, UC Davis and UNLV.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP -- The five in the lineup at ASU will be juniors Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) and Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Redlands), sophomore Kevin DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita HS), redshirt freshman Nick Thomas (Westlake Village, Calif./Chaminade College Prep/California) and true freshman Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS). Also, freshman Cody McManus (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) will play as an individual.
ROSTER -- Pepperdine saw a good deal of change in the offseason (and even midseason). Of Pepperdine's 11-man roster, four saw action for the Waves last season. The newcomers consist of four true freshmen, two transfers and one student-athlete who didn't compete last season. The breakdown is one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. The Waves added Cal transfer Nick Thomas at the start of the spring semester.
BEARD -- Former Pepperdine All-American Michael Beard was named the Waves' new head coach in December 2012. He has spent the previous season-and-a-half as an assistant at Arizona State. Beard competed for the Waves between 1999-2002 and was a GCAA All-American honorable mention selection in both 2000 and 2002. He was the medalist at the 2000 NCAA West Regional and the 2002 WCC Championships and was a four-time All-WCC first teamer. He still ranks first in total rounds played (162) and fourth in career scoring average (72.72) at Pepperdine. After playing professionally for several years, he served as an assistant coach at Pepperdine for one season and helped the Waves to make the 2011 NCAA Championships.
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 21 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 26 years.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- The squad has sites on both Facebook (Pepperdine Men's Golf) and Twitter (@PeppMensGolf). You can also follow the coaches on Twitter at @mbbeard11 and @CoachCarlSmith.
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 enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. 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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.