Wedel Begins NCAA Golf Regional in Eugene on Thursday
May 13, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine sophomore Frederick Wedel will be in action at the upcoming NCAA Men's Golf Regional hosted by the University of Oregon. He is one of 10 individuals traveling to the site, giving him the opportunity to extend his season and to qualify for the 2014 NCAA Championships.
EVENT INFO -- The regional will be contested at the par-70, 6,990-yard Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. Teams will play 18 holes each day between Thursday and Saturday (May 15-17). Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD -- The 13 teams taking part in the NCAA Regional, in order of seeding, are Stanford, Houston, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Baylor, Liberty, Oregon, Tennessee, North Florida, East Tennessee State, Chattanooga, Wichita State and Northern Colorado. Other individuals hail from Air Force, Georgia Regents, Loyola Marymount, Oregon State, Pacific, Sacramento State, San Jose State and UC Irvine. There will be a total of 75 competitors.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS -- To qualify for the NCAA Championships (set for May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.), Wedel must be the low scorer among the players from the non-qualifying teams (the top five teams advance) and the other individuals.
REGIONAL HISTORY -- Pepperdine has produced two regional champions: current head coach Michael Beard in 2000 at Riverbend Golf Club in Fresno, Calif., and Josh Anderson in 2012 at Stanford Golf Course. Anderson and Johnny Mac Arthur played as individuals in 2012 and are the last two Waves to compete in a regional.
WEDEL -- Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) has been a regular in the lineup in each of his two seasons. He has posted a team-best 72.97 scoring average this season and was named to the 2014 All-WCC honorable mention team after tying for 13th place at the WCC Championships.
Wedel also leads the squad in top-10 finishes (four), top-20 finishes (six) and below-par rounds (11). He was one of three Waves to play in all 11 tournaments in 2013-14. Wedel has had a strong spring season, including finishes in the top 13 in four of the last five events, which featured a career-best-tying tie for fourth place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
Other career bests set this season include a score of 6-under over 54 holes and a 5-under 66, both at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
Wedel's career scoring average of 73.65 currently ranks 10th all-time at Pepperdine.
2013-14 HONORS -- Frederick Wedel was named All-WCC honorable mention ... Kevin DeHuff and Nick Thomas were named to the WCC All-Academic first team (DeHuff for the second time) ... DeHuff was named WCC Player of the Month for March after averaging 70.50 strokes over six rounds along with a career-best tie for fourth at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- The squad has sites on both Facebook (Pepperdine Men's Golf) and Twitter (@PeppMensGolf). Fans should also follow @CoachMBeard and @CoachCarlSmith on Twitter.
ROSTER -- Pepperdine will lose two seniors from this year's squad (Jeremy Sanders and Parker Page). The roster also includes one junior, five sophomores and two true freshmen. Sophomore Cody McManus, who earned All-WCC honorable mention notice last year, will be back after redshirting this season.
BEARD -- Michael Beard returned to Pepperdine in December 2012 after spending 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 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 23 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 28 years. The school has boasted two Byron Nelson Award winners (Jason Allred and Michael Putnam) and four players have earned PGA Tour cards (Allred, Putnam, Jason Gore and Jeff Gove).
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.