Men's Golf Plays at The Prestige Next Week
UPCOMING Â The #25 Pepperdine men’s golf team has its third of five fall tournaments next week with The Prestige at PGA West. The event is co-hosted by Stanford and UC Davis. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday (Oct. 13) and the final round is Tuesday (Oct. 14).
COURSE Â The tournament will be held at the par-72, 7,156-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA West, located in La Quinta, Calif.
FIELD Â There are 16 teams in the field: California, Central Florida, Colorado, Florida Southern, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pacific, Pepperdine, Rice, Stanford, Texas Christian, UC Davis and Washington.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP Â The Waves will send junior Carl Smith, sophomores Austyn Karle, Chad Vivolo and Andrew Putnam and redshirt freshman Josh Anderson to the tournament. Four of the five players have taken part in all three tournaments, while Vivolo makes his first appearance in the lineup.
RANKINGS Â Pepperdine is ranked #25 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index and is receiving votes in the Golf World/Nike poll ... Josh Anderson is #57 and Andrew Putnam is #76 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY Â The Waves have played in this event in seven of the last eight years. Pepperdine’s best finish was second in fall 2000, the first time the tournament was held. Michael Beard tied for first in 2000, but lost in a playoff. The Waves tied for fourth as a team last season. Carl Smith and Chad Vivolo played in last year’s tournament.
ON THE WEB Â Live scoring can be found on the internet at www.golfstat.com.
LAST TOURNAMENTS Â In the last team event, the Waves finished third at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in New Mexico on Sept. 26-27. Pepperdine shot an even-par 864. A strong final round bumped the Waves up from fourth and into third. Josh Anderson took third place with a 4-under 212, giving him his first career top five finish in just his second tournament. Andrew Putnam tied for eighth with a 1-under 215 ... Three individuals took part in the Coast BMW-Coast Nissan Collegiate Golf Championship, hosted by Cal Poly SLO, on Oct. 6-7, and Chad Vivolo led the way with a tie for fifth place after a 1-over 214.
ANDERSON Â Redshirt freshman Josh Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) is averaging a team-best 72.33 strokes in six rounds ... In his collegiate debut, he tied for 18th at the Gopher Invitational (+6 222) ... He followed that up with a third-place finish at the Tucker Intercollegiate (-4 212), which featured a 3-under 69 on the second round ... He won the 2007 California Amateur Championship and played in the 2008 U.S. Amateur.
KARLE Â Sophomore Austyn Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) is averaging 73.50 strokes in six rounds ... He tied for 26th at the season-opening Gopher Invitational (+8 224), then tied for 11th at the Tucker Intercollegiate (+1 217) ... He appeared in four tournaments last season as a freshman and averaged 76.33 strokes in 12 rounds ... His younger sister Taylore plays for the Pepperdine’s women’s team and was an All-American last season.
PUTNAM Â Sophomore Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) is averaging 72.67 strokes in six rounds ... He tied for 16th at the Gopher Invitational (+5 221), and then tied for eighth at the Tucker Intercollegiate (-1 215) ... He had a 4-under 68 in the first round at the Tucker Intercollegiate ... He had an excellent freshman campaign, being named to the Golfweek All-American third team and the All-WCC first team as well as the WCC Freshman of the Year ... He averaged a team-best 73.07 strokes in 27 rounds ... He ended the 2007-08 season ranked #27 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #46 by Golfstat ... During summer 2008, he played in the U.S. Amateur and the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship ... His older brother Michael was a three-time All-American at Pepperdine and currently plays on the PGA Tour.
SMITH Â Junior Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) is averaging 75.83 strokes in six rounds ... His best finish so far is tie for 37th at the Tucker Intercollegiate (+10 226) ... He is Pepperdine’s most experienced returning player with 63 rounds in the previous two seasons plus a redshirt year to his credit ... He began the year averaging 75.29 strokes for his career and was at 75.84 last season ... He earned All-WCC honorable mention honors each of the last two seasons.
VIVOLO Â Sophomore Chad Vivolo (Carmel, Calif./Robert Louis Stevenson HS) is averaging 71.33 strokes in three rounds ... Playing as an individual, he tied for fifth at the Coast BMW-Coast Nissan Championship (+1 214) ... He appeared in just two tournaments last year as a redshirt freshman.
2008-09 ROSTER Â One thing you won’t find on Pepperdine’s roster is a senior. The 10-player roster is made up of five juniors, three sophomores, one redshirt freshman and one true freshman.
JOHN GEIBERGER Â The 2007-08 season marks John Geiberger’s 13th 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 nine times (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007) and he has earned the league’s Coach of the Year honors on five occasions (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005).
2007-08 RECAP Â The Waves were one stroke away from their eighth NCAA Championships berth, but unfortunately came up just short. Pepperdine finished in a tie for ninth at the 2008 NCAA West Regional. In a three-team playoff with two teams advancing, the Waves ended up behind Texas and San Diego State. Earlier, the Waves tied for second at the WCC Championships. Eric Shriver advanced to the NCAA Championships as an individual. Andrew Putnam was named to the Golfweek All-American third team and the All-WCC first team and was also named WCC Freshman of the Year. Jesse Barnsley, Carl Smith and Andrew Widmar were All-WCC honorable mention.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY Â 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 10 consecutive NCAA Regional berths and has won 16 of the last 22 WCC Championships.
UP NEXT Â The Waves’ fourth of five fall tournaments will be the UNC Greensboro Intercollegiate on Oct. 27-28.