Men's Golf in Action at Stanford This Weekend
MALIBU, Calif. Â Just days after tying for third place at the West Coast Conference Championships, the Pepperdine men’s golf team takes part in its final regular-season event at the Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday (April 18-19).
It will be the final tuneup for the Waves, who are ranked #33 by Golfstat and #35 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index, before NCAA Regional play on May 14-16.
There will be 17 teams competing at the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. In addition to Pepperdine, the field consists of Arizona State, California, Chico State, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Santa Clara, St. Andrews University (Scotland), Stanford, Texas, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Thirty-six holes will be contested on Saturday, with the final 18 on Sunday. Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
The Waves will go with a fairly standard lineup: juniors Shane Mason and Carl Smith, sophomores Austyn Karle and Andrew Putnam and redshirt freshman Josh Anderson.
Anderson and Putnam have been in the lineup at all six previous tournaments this spring. From the WCC Championships lineup, Smith replaces Chad Vivolo.
Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) was named the WCC Player of the Year following the WCC Championships, where he tied for 15th place. He is averaging a team-best 72.03 strokes (more than a full stroke better than the 73.07 he posted as a freshman). He’s been in the top 20 in all 12 of his tournaments this season and in the top 10 seven times. Putnam is currently ranked #20 by Golfstat and #22 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index. He is now a two-time All-WCC first team selection and was a Golfweek All-American third teamer last season.
Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS), who it’s believed became the first current Pepperdine golfer to take part in a PGA Tour event when he participated in the 2009 Buick Invitational in February, was also named to the All-WCC first team after tying for eighth place at the WCC Championships, best on the team. He is averaging 73.30 strokes, second-best on the squad. He has three top 20 finishes this spring and seven for the season.
Mason (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) earned All-WCC honorable mention honors after tying for 12th place at the WCC Championships. He is in the lineup for the sixth straight event and is averaging 74.52 strokes. Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) is averaging 75.41 strokes per round in nine tournaments and Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) is at 76.42 strokes per round for eight tournaments.
This is the first time that Pepperdine has appeared at the U.S. Intercollegiate since 2000, when the Waves finished second.
FIRST IN ARIZONA Â Pepperdine held off San Diego State by three strokes to win the Arizona Intercollegiate, the first tournament of the spring season, on Feb. 2-3. The Waves shot a 3-over 855 (286-279-290) at the par-71 Arizona National Golf Club, giving Pepperdine its first team victory since The Club Glove Intercollegiate in October 2007. Chad Vivolo had a big final round, as he finished up the tournament with a 6-under 65 that included eight birdies. That moved him all the way into a fourth-place finish with a 4-under 209 (72-72-65). Andrew Putnam had five eagles and tied for ninth place and Josh Anderson tied for 15th. Vivolo was named Golf World’s Player of the Week for his effort in Pepperdine’s victory.
PGA EVENT Â It’s believed that redshirt freshman Josh Anderson became the first active Pepperdine golfer to compete in a PGA Tour event when he participated in the 2009 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines (Feb. 5-8). He won a one-round qualifying event for amateurs in the fall. Unfortunately, Anderson missed the cut by one stroke as he shot a 3-over 147 (73-74).
2008-09 HONORS Â Andrew Putnam was the WCC Player of the Month for both October and February ... Chad Vivolo was named Golf World’s Player of the Week after the Arizona Intercollegiate ... Putnam is the WCC Golfer of the Year ... Putnam and Josh Anderson are All-WCC first teamers and Shane Mason is honorable mention.
2008-09 ROSTER Â One thing you won’t find on Pepperdine’s roster is a senior. The 10-player roster is made up of five juniors, three sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman.
JOHN GEIBERGER Â The 2007-08 season marks John Geiberger’s 13th 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).
2007-08 RECAP Â The Waves were one stroke away from their eighth NCAA Championships berth, but unfortunately came up just short. Pepperdine finished in a tie for ninth at the 2008 NCAA West Regional. In a three-team playoff with two teams advancing, the Waves ended up behind Texas and San Diego State. Earlier, the Waves tied for second at the WCC Championships. Eric Shriver advanced to the NCAA Championships as an individual. Andrew Putnam was named to the Golfweek All-American third team and the All-WCC first team and was also named WCC Freshman of the Year. Jesse Barnsley, Carl Smith and Andrew Widmar were All-WCC honorable mention.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY Â Following the blueprint of other athletics programs at Pepperdine, the men’s golf team blossomed as a nationally recognized program and the Waves reached the pinnacle of success in May 1997 by winning the NCAA title for the first time. Pepperdine has made seven appearances at the NCAA Championships since 1993, has made 10 consecutive NCAA Regional berths and has won 16 of the last 22 WCC Championships.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE Â Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men’s sports Â one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine’s teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.