No. 17 Pepperdine Opens 2004-05 Campiagn At Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase
Sept. 15, 2004
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With an eye towards a second consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's golf team will open its 2004-05 campaign this week when it travels to Beaumont, California, to compete in the inaugural Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase presented by TaylorMade-adidas beginning Friday at the PGA of Southern California Golf Club.
The 29-team tournament is hosted by UCLA and is a 54-hole event that will be played over two courses. The Legends Course is a par-72 that plays 7,303 yards and Champions Course is a par-72, measuring 7,223 yards. Livestats for the tournament will be available at golfstat.com.
The format calls for 36 holes to be played on Friday with the final 18 scheduled for Saturday.
The field is made up entirely of teams from California, including the Bruins' national runner-up men's team and UCLA's defending national champion women's team.
In addition to both UCLA teams, the field also includes Cal Poly, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Northridge, Chico State, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Sonoma State, Loyola Marymount, The Masters College, Pacific, Pepperdine, Point Loma-Nazarene, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, Stanford, San Francisco, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC San Diego.
Preseason-ranked No. 17 by Golfweek, Pepperdine is the highest ranked school in the field. UCLA is ranked No. 22 in the poll.
The Waves are coming off a solid 2003-04 campaign that saw them capture their sixth consecutive West Coast Conference (WCC) championship, finish ninth at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Sunriver, Oregon, and place 10th at the NCAA Championships in Hot Springs, Virginia.
Pepperdine concluded the year No. 14 in the final Golfstat rankings.
The Waves are led by two-time All-American Michael Putnam who enters his senior campaign as a first-team preseason All-American by Golfweek. Putnam concluded his junior campaign with 71.00 stroke average and was ranked No. 22 in the final Golftstat. rankings. He had nine Top 10 finishes in 16 events and claimed individual medalist honors at The Club Glove Intercollegiate.
This past summer, Putnam captured the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateuer held at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
Pepperdine's roster includes senior Brian O'Flaherty, who received honorable mention All-American honors, along with juniors Alex Coe, Chris Elliott, redshirt sophomore J.J. Wood and redshirt freshman Michael Baird.
New to the Waves in 2004 are freshmen Jesse Barnsley (Albuquerque, NM / Albuquerque Academy), Jason Cook (Windermere, FL) and Colin Wilcox (Camarillo, CA / Camarillo 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 14 times--1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004--in the last 18 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA West Regional Championships 11 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field six times in the last 11 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 ninth 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 five seasons, and Geiberger has shared the league's "Coach of the Year" award in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
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 2004-05 school year.
ON THE WEB: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics on the Internet, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please bookmark the following address: http://www.PepperdineSports.com.
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.