Men's Golf Ends Fall Co-Hosting Event With Hawai'i
Nov. 2, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- A challenging fall season comes to an end next week for the Pepperdine men's golf team when the program co-hosts the Warrior Wave Princeville Intercollegiate with Hawai'i on the island of Kaua'i. Assistant coach Carl Smith leads the Waves following the recent resignation of head coach John Geiberger.
EVENT INFO -- The tournament will be held at the par-72, 7,223-yard Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Princeville, Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Eighteen holes will be played each day between Monday and Wednesday (Nov. 5-7). Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD -- Pepperdine is one of 15 teams in the field, along with co-host Hawai'i, Baylor, Cal State Fullerton, East Tennessee State, Fresno State, Georgia Southern, Indiana, North Carolina State, San Diego, San Diego State, UAB, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Xavier.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP -- The Waves will utilize a lineup that includes three returners and two newcomers. Senior Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS), juniors Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) and Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Univ. of Redlands), sophomore Kevin DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) and freshman Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) are the five.
NOTABLES -- Johnny Mac Arthur is the Waves' top returner. He had a stroke average of 72.86 last season, second on the team, and qualified for the NCAA West Regional as an individual last spring. His scoring average has improved by multiple strokes each year at Pepperdine ... Parker Page is the last Wave to win a tournament, as he was co-medalist at the Folino Invitational in spring 2012 ... Jeremy Sanders was a two-time Division III All-American first teamer at Redlands and had two top-five finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships before transferring to Pepperdine this fall.
ROSTER -- Pepperdine's roster saw a good deal of change in the offseason. Of Pepperdine's 10-man roster, four saw action for the Waves last season. The newcomers consist of four true freshmen, one transfer and one student-athlete who didn't compete last season. The breakdown is one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen.
COACHES -- John Geiberger, the Waves' head coach for the previous 16 seasons, which included the 1997 NCAA championship, resigned on October 26. Assistant coach Carl Smith has been guiding the team in his absence. Director of Athletics Steve Potts expects to have a new head coach in place for the spring season.
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 made NCAA Regional berths in 19 of the last 21 years. In the West Coast Conference, they've won a league-best 17 championships since 1987 and have finished either first or second in 21 of the last 26 years.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- Follow the Pepperdine men's golf team at @PeppMensGolf on Twitter, and assistant coach Carl Smith at @CoachCarlSmith.
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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.