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No. 3 Pepperdine Travels to Bay Area for Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate


Oct. 20, 2005

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine women's golf team will look to ride the momentum of two straight victories when it opens play at the competitive Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate that begins Friday at the par-72, 6,168-yard Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California.

The 54-hole tournament opens on Friday, October 21, and continues with 18 holes on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23.

THE FIELD: The 19-team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, California, Duke, High Point University, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State. The field includes 13 teams that are among Golfweek's Top 30, including six teams - Duke (1), UCLA (2), Pepperdine (5), Arizona State (8), Vanderbilt (9) and Texas A&M (10) - that are ranked in the Top 10.

LAST YEAR'S STANFORD PEPSI INTERCOLLEGIATE: Pepperdine finished second at last year's Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate behind tournament-winner Arizona State. The Sun Devils posted a 12-over par 852 to post a five-shot victory over the Waves, who finished at 17-over par 857. Washington State's Anastasia Kostina took top individual honors as she fired a 5-under par 205 to finish two-shots ahead of Pepperdine senior Rachel Kyono, Arizona's Cassandra Kirkland and Arizona State's Louise Stahle, who carded 54-hole scores of 3-under par 207.

LAST TIME OUT: Pepperdine has begun the season in impressive fashion. After opening their 2005-06 campaign with a win at the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September, the Waves registered their second tournament victory when they topped the field at the Washington Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Washington, on October 12. Pepperdine carded the best round of tournament on the final day, shooting a 2-over par 290 to register a one-shot victory over Arizona State. The Waves concluded play with a 27-over par total of 891, one-shot better than Arizona State.

Individually, Pepperdine had three players finish among the Top 6. Sophomore Leanne Bowditch turned in a career-best showing as she finished third with a 5-over par score of 221. Senior All-American Carolina Llano, behind a final-round 4-under 68, placed fourth at 6-over 222. Junior All-American Eileen Vargas tied for sixth with a 7-over total of 223.

A LOOK AT THE RANKINGS: Entering Friday's play, Pepperdine is No. 3 in the most recent Golf World Poll, No. 5 in Golfweek and No. 7 in the Golfstat rankings. Duke currently tops all three rankings.

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: All-Americans Carolina Llano and Eileen Vargas are both ranked among the Top 10 in both Golfweek and Golfstat. Vargas, who has a 72.33 stroke average after six rounds, is No. 4 in Golfstat and No. 6 in Golfweek. Meanwhile, Llano, who possesses a 72.50 scoring average following two tournaments, is No. 6 in Golfstat and No. 9 in Golfweek.

WAVES SEEK 13TH STRAIGHT TOP 5 FINISH: Pepperdine, which finished among the Top 5 in all 10 of its tournaments during the 2004-05 season, including a fourth-place showing at the NCAA Championships, will seek its 13th straight Top 5 finish when it opens play at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate. Following wins in their first two tournaments this year, the Waves will attempt to win three straight tournaments for the first time since the spring of 2005 when they were in the midst of a school-record five straight victories.

PEPPERDINE NO. 8 OVER LAST SIX YEARS: Pepperdine, which has advanced to the NCAA Championships in five of the past six years, is ranked No. 8 nationally according to Golfweek, which combined its Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings for the past six years. Duke, the defending national champion is No. 1 in the rankings. The entire Top 10 includes: 1) Duke 2) Arizona 3) Auburn 4) USC, 5) UCLA 6) Oklahoma State 7) Georgia 8) Pepperdine 9) Texas 10) Tennessee.

WCC CHAMPIONS: The Waves captured their fourth straight West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship and seventh in the last eight years after posting a 46-shot victory over second place San Francisco at the Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, California, on April 12, 2005.

Llano won individual medalist honors for the third straight year after registering a six-shot victory over freshman teammate Marina Choi. Llano was named the WCC's "Golfer of the Year" while Choi was selected "Freshman of the Year" and Gibbs was tabbed "Coach of the Year."

Llano, Choi, senior Rachel Kyono, freshman Leanne Bowditch and sophomore Eileen Vargas all finished in the Top 5 and were selected All-WCC.

THE PROGRAM: The Pepperdine women's golf program is in its 21st season of intercollegiate play. Women's golf was added as an intercollegiate sport at Pepperdine prior to the start of the 1985-86 school year. The Waves burst on to the national scene during the 1998-99 campaign, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time where the team earned an impressive fifth place finish. Pepperdine kept the positive momentum going in 2000, finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships. Tamie Durdin earned All-American honors from the National Golf Coaches Association in 2000, becoming the first Pepperdine player to earn such distinction. Lindsey Wright was an honorable mention All-American pick. The Waves placed 14th at the NCAA Championships in 2001, and sophomores Katherine Hull and Lindsey Wright were both second team All-Americans. Pepperdine put together another solid season in 2002 tying for ninth place at the NCAA Championships. Hull and Wright were again tabbed All-Americans and Wright tied for second in the individual standings. The duo led Pepperdine to unprecedented heights in 2003, leading the Waves to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships. They were both tabbed All-Americans and Hull was chosen as the "National Golfer of the Year" by the NGCA. In 2005, Pepperdine finished fourth at the NCAA Championships and junior Carolina Llano and sophomore Eileen Vargas were selected team and honorable mention All-Americans, respectively. The Waves have been consistently ranked in the Top 20 nationally each of the last seve seasons. The West Coast Conference (WCC) began sponsoring a women's golf championship for the first time in 1997, and Pepperdine finished second at the inaugural event behind San Francisco. The Waves have won seven of the last eight league titles, including 2005. Candida Kim was the first Pepperdine golfer to compete at the NCAA West Regional Championships, as she earned an at-large berth to the 1995 event. In 1998, Jenny Glasgow became just the second Pepperdine golfer to earn such distinction, competing in the NCAA West Regional Championships at the Stanford Golf Course.

LAURIE GIBBS: Laurie Gibbs, a former teaching professional at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, is in her 13th season as Pepperdine's head women's golf coach. Gibbs played collegiate golf at Long Beach State, and previously worked for three years as a PGA teaching professional at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. Gibbs has directed the Waves to six Top 15 finishes at the NCAA Championships in the last seven years, including a best-ever second place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Pepperdine won three consecutive West Coast Conference championships from 1998-2000 and has captured titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Gibbs was tabbed the league's "Coach of the Year" in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. Additionally, Gibbs was selected the 1999 Far West Region "Coach of the Year" by the National Golf Coaches Association and received "Co-Coach of the Year" honors by the organization in 2003. She has twice been selected the University's "Coach of the Year", garnering the award in 1998-99 and 2002-03. After leading the Waves to a fourth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships, Gibbs was tabbed the "National Coach of the Year" by Golfweek.

SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sports Information Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the 2005-06 school year.

ON THE WEB: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics on the Internet, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please bookmark the following address:

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For additional information on the women's golf program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling (310) 506-4455.



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