Women's Golf Plays in Arizona Next Week
UPCOMING Â The Pepperdine women’s golf team has its second tournament of the spring next week. The Waves will take part in Arizona’s Wildcat Invitational next Monday though Wednesday (Feb. 25-27).
COURSE Â The event will be held at the Arizona National Golf Club, located in Tucson, Ariz., which is a par-71, 6,238-yard course. Eighteen holes will be played each day.
FIELD Â Pepperdine is one of 16 teams, along with Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, BYU, California, Duke, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt and Washington. It’s an outstanding field, as 12 of the 16 teams are ranked in Golfstat’s top 25, seven are in the top 10 and each of the top four ranked teams in country will be there.
PEPPERDINE’S TEAM Â The Waves will send seniors Leanne Bowditch and Stephanie Gelleni, junior Jayvie Agojo and freshmen Martine de Gannes and Taylore Karle to this tournament.
RANKINGS Â The Waves are ranked #14 by Golf World/NGCA, #17 by Golfstat and #18 by Golfweek/Sagarin ... Individually, Taylore Karle is rated #16 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #17 by Golfstat, while Leanne Bowditch is #59 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #90 by Golfstat.
HEAD COACH LAURIE GIBBS SAYS Â "The players are working very hard and we expect to improve each tournament during the spring. We want to be playing our best by the WCC Championship, NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championship. The Wildcat Invitational has one of the strongest fields we will compete against all year. After a very good week of practice, I expect everyone to play better in Arizona. We want to continue to finish in the top 10 and move into the top five when we play well."
MISCELLANEOUS Â The Waves tied for fifth at the Wildcat Invitational last season and won it in 2003 ... Live scoring will be available on golfstat.com.
LAST TOURNAMENT Â The Waves tied for eighth place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Feb. 11-13 at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) Golf Club. Taylore Karle had her best finish yet at a tie for second place after shooting a 3-over 216. Stephanie Gelleni (tie-26th) and Leanne Bowditch (tie-28th) also turned in top 30 finishes.
TAYLORE KARLE (2007-08: 15 rounds, 73.13 average) Â A freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Has one top 10 and four top 20 finishes in five tournaments ... Tied for 11th with a 4-under 215 at the NCAA Fall Preview ... Was named WCC Player of the Month for September for that effort ... Tied for 21th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational ... Tied for 11th at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown ... Named the WCC Player of the Month for October ... Tied for second at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge with a 3-over 216 ... An alternate for the 2008 U.S. Curtis Cup team ... The nation’s #1 recruit according to Golfweek and one of the top 20 players overall listed by the magazine ... Golf World predicts she will be the WCC’s Player and Freshman of the Year ... A three-time Rolex All-American first teamer ... Won the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur with a record-low score of 130 ... Has taken part in a few LPGA events, including a tie for 53rd at the Safeway International in March 2007, and also competed at the 2006 U.S. Open ... Graduated from high school a year early via an accelerated program to come to Pepperdine ... Her brother Austyn is a freshman on the Pepperdine men’s golf team.
LEANNE BOWDITCH (2007-08: 15 rounds, 74.87 average) Â A senior from Peregian, Queensland, Australia ... Tied for 17th with a 1-under 218 at the NCAA Fall Preview ...Tied for 20th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational ... A three-time All-WCC first team selection ... Averaged 76.71 strokes as a junior and had two top 10 finishes ... Tied for 39th at the 2005 NCAA Championships ... Formerly the #1 junior player in Queensland.
STEPHANIE GELLENI (2007-08: 15 rounds, 76.67 average) Â A senior from Caracas, Venezuela ... Best fall finish was a tie for 18th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational ... A 2007 All-WCC honorable mention selection ... Named 2007 WCC All-Academic ... Averaged 76.96 strokes as a junior and had three top 20 finishes ... Represented Pepperdine at the NCAA Leadership Conference ... Has won four consecutive Venezuelan Amateur Championships and won the 2004 South American Amateur.
JAYVIE AGOJO (2007-08: 15 rounds, 77.60 average) Â A junior from Bangkal, Makati City, Philippines ... Best fall finish was a tie for 35th at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown ... Listed as one of the "Top 50 to Watch" in 2007-08 by Golf Digest ... A 2007 All-American honorable mention and an All-WCC first team selection ... Averaged 74.93 strokes as a sophomore and had five top 10 finishes ... Was the 2006 WCC Freshman of the Year and All-WCC ... Won the 2006 WCC individual title ... Ranked as the #1 junior player in the Philippines and is a member of the National Team.
MARTINE DE GANNES (2007-08: 3 rounds, 82.67 average) Â A freshman from Diego Martin, Trinidad ... Enrolled at Pepperdine in January 2008 and made her collegiate debut at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge ... A four-time Caribbean Amateur Junior champion (2004-07) and ranked as the No. 1 ladies golfer in Trinidad & Tobago from 2005-07 ... A two-time nominee for Trinidad & Tobago’s Sportswoman of the Year ... Captained the Trinidad & Tobago Junior National Team to victory at the Caribbean Junior Golf Championships.
NICOLE MONTGOMERY (2007-08: 12 rounds, 76.42 average) Â A junior from Fremantle, Australia ... Left school following the fall semester to return to Australia and turn professional ... Ended her career with a stroke average of 77.03 in 39 rounds ... A 2007 All-WCC first team and WCC All-Academic honoree.
LAURIE GIBBS Â Recognized by her peers as one of the top collegiate women’s golf coaches in the country, Laurie Gibbs begins her 15th season as head coach of the Pepperdine women’s golf team. Under Gibbs, the Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships eight times, with seven top 10 finishes and four top five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. Her players have earned All-American honors 16 times. Gibbs has led Pepperdine to West Coast Conference championships in nine of the last 10 years, including a current streak of six titles that began in 2002. Gibbs has been honored eight times as the WCC’s Coach of the Year, was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year on two occasions and was selected the 2004-05 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek magazine.
WCC PLAYER OF THE MONTH Â Freshman Taylore Karle has won both West Coast Conference Player of the Month awards so far, capturing the honor in both September and October.
NATION’S BEST Â Golf Digest recently released its College Guide in which golf programs were ranked based on their total ability to provide a quality experience for a student-athlete. The Pepperdine women’s program ranked #6 in the nation in the magazine’s overall balanced category, which takes into account the team’s success, player growth, academics, climate, facilities and coaches.
2006-07 RECAP Â The Waves finished seventh at the NCAA Championships following a seventh-place finish at the NCAA West Regionals and a first-place finish at the WCC Championships. Misun Cho was an All-American second team honoree and Jayvie Agojo and Eileen Vargas were honorable mention. Cho was also named WCC Player and Freshman of the Year.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY Â The last nine seasons have established Pepperdine as one of the nation’s top golf programs. The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships eight times, with seven top 10 finishes and four top five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. The Waves have won West Coast Conference championships in nine of the last 10 years, including a current streak of six titles that began in 2002.
UP NEXT Â The Waves play in the UCF Collegiate Challenge on March 9-11.