Men's Golf Sent to Tucson for NCAA Regional Play
May 9, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's golf team's season will continue as the #7 seed at an NCAA Regional in Tucson, Ariz., the NCAA announced today.
This is the fifth time that the Waves have been sent to a regional at the par-72, 7,094-yard Omni Tucson National Golf Course. The event is set for Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21. The Waves must finish in the top five out of the 14-team field in order to advance to the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
In order of seeding, the 14 teams headed to Arizona are: Texas A&M, San Diego State, Texas Tech, California, Liberty, Washington, Pepperdine, Oregon State, Purdue, UC Davis, Arizona, Texas-Arlington, Loyola (Md.) and Army.
"I'm happy with where we're going," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "We've played well in Arizona and in Tucson in the past. Myself and Michael (Beard, assistant coach) have played there a lot. Having that experience and course knowledge will help the team. It's easy travel, and it sounds like as good of a draw as any of the others. I felt in my gut that this was where we would go. We're in a good spot. We're done with finals, and we'll have had three weeks of getting a lot of practice in before the tournament starts."
The Waves will be making their 13th straight regional bid and their 19th in 20 seasons. Pepperdine, the 1997 NCAA champion, is aiming to get back to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006 and the eighth time overall.
In previous regional trips to Tucson, the Waves failed to advance in 1992 (tied for 12th), 1994 (12th) and 1999 (tied for 10th) but finally made it through with a tie for ninth place in 2006. Pepperdine has also competed regularly at the course at Arizona's annual National Invitational Tournament, though not since 2008.
The Waves will be making their third trip to the state already in 2011, having taken part in the Wildcats' Arizona Intercollegiate (held at the Arizona National Country Club in Tucson) and Arizona State's ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Pepperdine finished second at the Arizona Intercollegiate behind San Diego State.
Pepperdine is coming off a second-place showing at the West Coast Conference Championships, though the Waves will have had a month off between conference and regional play.
The Waves, who are ranked #36 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index and #41 by Golfstat, had two players earn All-WCC first team honors: senior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) and junior Josh Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS). Putnam, a two-time All-American, was one of five finalists for the 2011 Byron Nelson Award. He won two tournaments this season and Anderson was the medalist at one. Additionally, freshman Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) was selected All-WCC honorable mention.
The other five regional sites (and hosts) are: Erie, Colo. (Colorado), Ocala, Fla. (Florida), Radford, Va. (Virginia Tech), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (San Diego) and Zionsville, Ind. (Indiana).