Men's Golf Follows Up Win at William H. Tucker Intercollegiate
Sept. 29, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. -- Following a season-opening victory at the Husky Invitational, the Pepperdine men's golf team takes part in the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, hosted by New Mexico, this weekend. Pepperdine won this event in 2007, the last time Waves opened a season with a victory.
COURSE/SCHEDULE -- The tournament will be held at the par-72, 7,566-yard UNM Championship Golf Course, located in Albuquerque, N.M. There will be 36 holes on Friday (Oct. 1) with the final 18 holes on Saturday (Oct. 2).
FIELD -- There are 16 teams in the field: Pepperdine, Arizona, Baylor, BYU, Colorado, New Mexico (two teams), New Mexico State, North Texas, Northern Colorado, San Diego State, Toledo, Utah, UTEP, UTSA and Wyoming.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP -- The Waves will send four of the five players that won the Husky Invitational: seniors Austyn Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) and Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy), junior Josh Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) and sophomore Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS). Freshman Alex Forss (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) will make his collegiate debut.
RESULTS -- Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
RANKINGS -- Although it's only based on one tournament, Pepperdine is currently ranked #1 by Golfstat's computer rankings, and Josh Anderson is #1 in the individual ratings.
2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS -- Josh Anderson (10-under 206) and Andrew Putnam (6-under 210) finished 1-2 at the season-opening Husky Invitational, which was also won by the Waves. Pepperdine (17-under 847) finished ahead of host Washington by seven strokes. The Waves had the second-best 54-hole team score in school history. A 12-under 276 during the second round tied the fifth-best 18-hole team score in program history.
2010-11 HONORS -- In the preseason publications, Andrew Putnam was ranked among Golfweek's top 20 to 30 players in the country and was named one of the nation's top 50 players to watch by Golf World ... Josh Anderson was Golfweek's Player of the Week on Sept. 27 after winning the Husky Invitational.
PUTNAM -- Senior Andrew Putnam earned All-American honorable mention honors as a freshman and sophomore and is primed for a strong final year of college golf. Over the summer, he won the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship and qualified for the U.S. Open. He's finished in the top 20 in 29 of his 37 career tournaments. On Pepperdine's career records lists, he's second in scoring (72.69), fourth in top 20 finishes (29) and tied for fifth in top 10 results (17).
ANDERSON -- Junior Josh Anderson has won two career tournaments: the General Hackler Championship in spring 2010 and the Husky Invitational in fall 2010. His career scoring average of 72.96 ranks fourth all-time at Pepperdine. It's believed that he 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.
GEIBERGER -- The 2010-11 season marks John Geiberger's 15th 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).
2010-11 ROSTER -- The Waves return five players from last season (three seniors, a redshirt junior and a redshirt sophomore). To replace four seniors that graduated, the Waves have added four freshmen to bring the roster total back up to nine.
2009-10 RECAP -- Pepperdine won the West Coast Conference title for the 17th time and the first since 2007 to highlight the 2009-10 season. The Waves advanced to the NCAA South Central Regional, their 12th straight season in the postseason. Josh Anderson, Andrew Putnam and Carl Smith were named to the All-WCC first team. Pepperdine ranked #33 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin index, while Putnam was #71 as an individual.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY -- Following the blueprint of other athletics programs at Pepperdine, the men's golf team blossomed as a nationally recognized program and the Waves reached the pinnacle of success in May 1997 by winning the NCAA title for the first time. Pepperdine has made seven appearances at the NCAA Championships since 1993, has made 12 consecutive NCAA Regional berths and has won 17 of the last 24 West Coast Conference Championships.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine's teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.