Women's Golf Set for Bruin Wave Invitational
THE FACTS - The Pepperdine women's golf team has teamed up with UCLA to host one of the top collegiate events in Southern California this season, as the two schools will put on the inaugural Bruin Wave Invitational next week. According to Golfstat's rankings, five of the nation's top 10 and seven of the top 25 teams will be participating.
COURSE/SCHEDULE - The tournament is at the par-72, 6,282-yard Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, Calif. One round will be played each day between Monday and Wednesday (March 1-3). On Monday and Tuesday, schools will start off holes #1 and #10 at 8 a.m., and on Wednesday, the final round will begin at 7:30 a.m.
FIELD - There are 18 teams at the tournament: co-hosts Pepperdine and UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Stanford, UNLV, USC, Washington and Washington State.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine is ranked #9 by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin and #10 by Golf World/NGCA. Taylore Karle is ranked #19 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #30 by Golfstat. Lisa McCloskey is ranked #23 by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP - All six Pepperdine players on the roster will have the opportunity to compete, with five in the lineup and one as an individual. The lineup consists of junior Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz.), sophomores Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas) and Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C., Canada) and freshman Danielle Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif.). Junior Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad) will compete individually. Season scoring averages are as follows: Karle 73.53, McCloskey 73.94, Kang 74.50, Drolson 75.88, Wallace 76.13, de Gannes 76.18.
RESULTS - Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS - A look back at the Waves' season:
2009-10 HONORS - Taylore Karle and Lisa McCloskey were mentioned in Golf World's preseason top 50 players to watch across the nation ... Karle was named the WCC Player of the Month for September (her fifth time winning a WCC monthly award) ... McCloskey earned the WCC award for October (her second) ... McCloskey was named Golfweek's National Player of the Week after her win at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
LAURIE GIBBS - Recognized by her peers as one of the top collegiate women's golf coaches in the country, Laurie Gibbs is in her 17th season as head coach of the Pepperdine women's golf team. Under Gibbs, the Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships nine times, with eight top 10 finishes and four top five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. Her players have earned All-American honors 18 times. Gibbs has led Pepperdine to West Coast Conference championships in 11 of the last 12 years, including a current streak of eight titles that began in 2002. Gibbs has been honored nine 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.
2008-09 RECAP - An outstanding postseason run saw the Waves win their eighth consecutive WCC title, make an incredible rally to place eighth at the NCAA West Regional and claim the final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships, and then finish in ninth place at nationals. All five players in the lineup earned All-WCC first team honors, and Lisa McCloskey was also NGCA All-American honorable mention and the WCC Freshman of the Year. Most notably, she set an NCAA record with a 17-under 199 when she was medalist at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The Waves won three tournaments, including an NCAA-record-setting 41-under 823 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in October 2008.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY - The last decade-plus has established Pepperdine as one of the nation's top golf programs. The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships nine times, with eight 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 11 of the last 12 years, including a current streak of eight titles that began in 2002.
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.