Women's Golf Great Katherine Hull Inducted Into WCC Hall of Honor
March 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Pepperdine's Katherine Hull became the first golfer - male or female - to be inducted into the West Coast Conference's Hall of Honor at a ceremony Saturday morning at the Orleans Hotel.
This was the fifth annual induction ceremony, held in conjunction with the WCC Basketball Championships. Each year it recognizes some of the great former student-athletes, coaches and administrators at the conference's member institutions.
It's one in a number of recent firsts for the 2003 National Player of the Year, three-time All-American and current LPGA veteran. Hull was the first women's golfer inducted into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, and the first Pepperdine alum to go into the Women's Golf Coaches Association's Players Hall of Fame this past December.
At the ceremony, Hull said: "I want to thank Pepperdine for the opportunity to earn a degree and play a sport that I truly love. I feel extremely honored to be selected ... It's been 10 years since I graduated from Pepperdine. Being here today brings back memories of my college career and all the good times that I had."
She also recalled her first time visiting Pepperdine: "I will never forget the day I first stepped on the Malibu campus. Those of you who have been there understand what an amazing campus is. I'm from a small beach town in Australia so there might have been a reminder of home. I walked into the athletic department waiting to meet with coach Laurie Gibbs. We were wandering around Firestone Fieldhouse and stumbled across the trophy cabinet and it was quite impressive, I had never seen trophies that big in my life, NCAA trophies in there and lots of West Coast Conference trophies."
On playing for Laurie Gibbs: "Coach Gibbs was a wonderful coach and is to this day a wonderful mentor and friend. I will always be thankful for my time playing under you and our friendship. It wasn't just about golf. We were students first and athletes second and that helped me to this day."
Hull also revealed her dream of one day coming back to coach at Pepperdine.
Hull, who came to Pepperdine from Sunrise Beach, Queensland, Australia, competed for the Waves between 2000-03. She was the coaches' National Player of the Year as a senior in 2003 and also won the Dinah Shore Award. Hull was a three-time All-American, earning first team honors as a junior and senior and second team acclaim as a sophomore.
The Waves advanced to the NCAA Championships all four years with Hull, accumulating three top-10 finishes and a program-best second-place result in 2003.
Hull won medalist honors at seven tournaments during her Pepperdine career. She was a three-time winner of the UCLA Pioneer Electronic Bruin Classic (2001, 2002 and 2003) and also captured the 2001 Southern California Intercollegiate, the 2003 Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational, the 2003 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and the 2003 San Jose State Spartan Invitational. In winning San Jose State's events, she set then-NCAA records with a 16-under 200 and a first-round, 9-under 63.
She still owns the best scoring average at Pepperdine in a season, posting 72.19 strokes per round in 2001-02. She currently ranks third in career average at 73.52.
While at Pepperdine, she and teammate Lindsey Wright helped Australia win the 2002 World Team Amateur Championship in Malaysia.
Hull, who graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in sports administration in 2003, was also a standout in the classroom, earning 2003 NGCA All-American Scholar honors while being named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic squad twice.
After turning professional, Hull first played on the Futures Tour in 2003 before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2004. She has nearly $3.4 million in career earnings and has won twice on the LPGA Tour -- the 2008 CN Canadian Women's Open and the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic. Also in 2010, she finished second at Women's British Open.
Pepperdine's previous four inductees into the WCC Hall of Honor were Doug Christie, Gail Hopkins, Wayne Wright and Dana Jones.
Each of the nine WCC institutions selected one former great for this year's ceremony. The others inducted were LaVell Edwards (BYU), Dan Dickau (Gonzaga), Edit Pakay (Loyola Marymount), Darwin Cook (Portland), Allegra Porter (Saint Mary's), Petia Yanchulova (San Diego), Mary Hile-Nepfel (San Francisco) and George "Pat" Malley (Santa Clara).