Pepperdine Men's Golf Team Opens 2005-06 Season at Japan's TOPY Cup
Sept. 5, 2005
Malibu, Calif. -
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The Pepperdine men's golf team opens its 2005-06 campaign this week when it begins play in the 23rd annual TOPY Cup in Fukushima, Japan, beginning Tuesday. The 36-hole, three-day tournament will be held at the Tanagura Country Club.
The Waves are one of four American collegiate teams that will take part in the 12-team event. Georgia State, Michigan State and South Carolina will join Pepperdine along with eight Japanese collegiate teams.
Japanese teams have won 10 of the last 14 tournaments, but in 2004, New Mexico State won the title.
The TOPY Cup also includes a women's tournament with four Japanese women's teams competing against two American teams. Arizona State and Washington will represent the United States in 2005. The Pepperdine women's team took part in the event in 1999.
Tenth-year head coach John Geiberger welcomes back six letterwinners from last year's team that captured the West Coast Conference (WCC) title and advanced to the NCAA West Regional Championships. The Waves, seeded 12th at the regionals, tied USC and South Carolina for 10th place. The three teams competed in a playoff for the 10th and final spot to the NCAA Championships that was won by USC.
Pepperdine concluded the year ranked No. 26 by Golfweek and No. 33 by Golfstat.
In 2004-05, the Waves captured their own The Club Glove Intercollegiate and won the WCC Championships for the seventh consecutive year.
Pepperdine was led by senior All-American Michael Putnam who set a single-season mark with a 70.58 stroke average and concluded his four-year career with a Pepperdine-best 71.61 stroke average. The Waves' senior tied for individual medalist honors at the 2005 NCAA Championships before losing in a three-hole playoff to Washington's James Lepp.
Pepperdine concluded the 2004-05 season with 11 Top 10 finishes in 13 tournaments.
The list of returning players in 2005-06 include seniors Alex Coe, Chris Elliott, junior J.J. Wood and sophomores Michael Baird, Jesse Barnsley and Colin Wilcox. Barnsley competed in five events a year ago and registered a 73.73 stroke average while Wilcox played in all 13 tournaments and posted a 73.92 stroke average. Both Coe and Wilcox were named All-WCC
Geiberger has added three newcomers to the roster in freshmen Reed Howard (Greenwich, CT / Heritage Academy), Adam Porzak (Poway, CA / Poway HS) and Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, CA / Santa Margarita HS).
THE PROGRAM: Although historical records are sketchy, Pepperdine fielded its first-ever golf team in the late 1940's or early 1950's. The program was deemphasized in the early 1970's when the school relocated to Malibu, but was reinstituted as an intercollegiate sport in the fall of 1982. In 1987, Pepperdine achieved its first notable success, as the Waves upset several local collegiate powers and claimed the team championship of the Southern California Invitational at the Torrey Pines Country Club in San Diego. Pepperdine won its first-ever West Coast Conference (WCC) title that same year, and Jim Johnson earned a spot competing as an individual at the NCAA Championships--a first-time accomplishment for a Waves' player. Pepperdine has since won the WCC crown a total of 15 times--1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005--in the last 19 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA West Regional Championships 13 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field six times in the last 12 years (1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2004). Pepperdine has emerged as a regular in the national Top 25 rankings since 1993, and climaxed the 1997 campaign by winning its first-ever NCAA team title.
John Geiberger: John Geiberger begins his 10th season as the Waves' head coach. During his rookie season in 1996-97, Geiberger directed Pepperdine to its first-ever NCAA men's golf title. A three-year letterwinner at Pepperdine from 1989-91, Geiberger was hired as the University's head men's golf coach in August of 1996. During Geiberger's collegiate career in Malibu, Pepperdine captured West Coast Conference (WCC) titles in 1989 and 1991, and he earned All-WCC accolades in 1990 and 1991. Geiberger earned a bachelor's degree in organizational communications from the University in 1993. In addition to playing in numerous amateur tournaments, Geiberger caddied for his father, Al, on a regular basis from 1991-96 on the PGA Senior Tour. Geiberger was tabbed the 1997 WCC "Coach of the Year" after leading the Waves to the league championship.Geiberger was selected the 1997 National and District 8 "Coach of the Year" by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Pepperdine has won the WCC title each of the last seven seasons, and Geiberger has shared the league's "Coach of the Year" award in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005.
SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sports Information Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the 2005-06 school year.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: For additional information on the men's golf program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling (310) 506-4445.