Two Men's Golfers Head to Stanford for NCAA West Regional This Week
May 14, 2012
Josh Anderson and Johnny Mac Arthur of the Pepperdine men's golf team extended their seasons with invitations as individuals to this week's NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford. Only one can potentially advance to the NCAA Championships, as the top five teams and the low-scoring individual from the rest of the field will move on.
EVENT INFO -- The regional will be held at the par-70, 6,742-yard Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. Eighteen holes will be played each day between Thursday and Saturday (May 17-19). Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD -- There are 13 teams and 10 individuals at the regionals. California, Stanford, San Diego State, UCF, LSU, UAB, Wichita State, Tennessee, Oregon State, Southeastern Louisiana, San Francisco, San Jose State and UC Davis make up the list of teams. The other individuals hail from BYU (two), New Mexico State (two), Idaho, Pacific, UC Irvine and Utah Valley.
REGIONAL NOTES -- Pepperdine's run of 13 years making an NCAA Regional as a team came to an end (the last time the Waves missed out was 1998) ... Anderson is making his fourth NCAA Regional appearance (T-7th in 2011, T-17th in 2010, T-5th in 2009), while Mac Arthur is in his second (T-16th in 2011) ... Both Anderson and Mac Arthur are fortunate to have experience playing the Stanford Golf Course. The Waves took part in the U.S. Intercollegiate this spring, and Anderson also played the tournament as a freshman and sophomore ... Pepperdine individuals have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times without the rest of the team (the last one to do it was Eric Shriver in 2008) ... The best showing by a Pepperdine player at a regional was when Michael Beard won the 2000 NCAA West Regional in Fresno, Calif. ... As a team, Pepperdine competed at the 1996 NCAA West Regional at Stanford (the Waves placed fourth and advanced to the NCAA Championships).
2012 NCAAs -- It would be especially meaningful if Anderson or Mac Arthur can advance to the NCAA Championships. The event, hosted by USC, is being held just a short drive down PCH at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades (just about 15 miles from Pepperdine's campus).
ANDERSON -- Senior Josh Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) will depart Pepperdine as one of its most accomplished players. He leads this year's squad with a 71.73 stroke average, which currently ranks as the third-best single-season average in school history. In 12 tournaments, he's been in the top 10 seven times (his bests were ties for second place at both the Husky Invitational and the Barona Collegiate Cup) and in the top 20 10 times.
Anderson was recently named to the All-WCC first team for the fourth time, becoming the sixth player in Pepperdine history to earn such acclaim. He's fourth all-time for the Waves with a 72.82 career scoring average. He has won two career tournaments: the General Hackler Championship in spring 2010 and the Husky Invitational in fall 2010. Among other school career records, he also ranks fourth in sub-par rounds (40), fifth in top 20 finishes (30), fifth in top 10 results (20) and eighth in total rounds played (146).
It's believed that Anderson became the first active Pepperdine player to compete in a PGA Tour event when he took part in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in February 2009, and he participated in the 2011 event as well (then known as the Farmers Insurance Open).
Anderson is currently rated #71 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #82 by Golfstat.
MAC ARTHUR -- Junior Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS) is second on the team with a 72.97 average and he's got eight top-20 results, including a tie for third place at the Arizona Intercollegiate. He's improved greatly from year-to-year for the Waves. From his freshman year to his sophomore season, and from sophomore to junior, his stroke average has dropped by double-digits. He's been the Waves' top finisher at four tournaments this season, including a tie for 12th place at the WCC Championships.
GEIBERGER -- The 2011-12 season marks John Geiberger's 16th 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 10 times (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010) and he has earned the league's Coach of the Year honors on five occasions (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005).
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 NCAA Regional berths in 19 of the last 21 years. In the West Coast Conference, they've won 17 championships since 1987 and have finished either first or second in 21 of the last 26 years.
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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.