Women's Golf Hits Las Vegas Next Week
UPCOMING Â The #14 Pepperdine women’s golf team looks to end its three-tournament fall schedule on a strong note as the Waves take part in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, hosted by UNLV. A single round will be played each day between Monday and Wednesday (Oct. 27-29).
COURSE Â The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,265-yard Boulder Creek Golf Club, located in Boulder City, Nev.
FIELD Â There are 18 teams participating in this event: BYU, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa State, Long Beach State, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UNLV and Washington.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP Â The Waves’ lineup will be made up of senior Jayvie Agojo, sophomore Taylore Karle and freshmen Kaitlin Drolson, Kiara Hayashida and Lisa McCloskey. Freshman Jessica Wallace will also take part as an individual.
RANKINGS Â Pepperdine is ranked #14 in the Golf World/NGCA poll, #18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index and #19 by Golfstat. Individually, Lisa McCloskey is #69 by Golfstat and #75 by Golfweek/Sagarin, Jayvie Agojo is #84 by Golfstat and #87 by Golfweek/Sagarin and Taylore Karle is #98 by Golfstat.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY Â This is Pepperdine’s fifth appearance at the tournament, with previous trips in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Waves were seventh as a team last year and Taylore Karle tied for 11th. Pepperdine finished third in each of their previous three trips.
ON THE WEB Â The tournament will feature live scoring via www.golfstat.com.
LAST TOURNAMENT Â Taylore Karle and Lisa McCloskey each tied for 24th place and the Waves finished in a tie for 10th place as a team at the Stanford Intercollegiate on Oct. 17-19. It was a very strong field, as five of the nine teams ahead of the Waves were in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 10 and three others were in the top 25.
2008-09 ROSTER Â An extremely young Â but talented Â roster features one senior, two sophomores and four freshmen (a fifth freshman, Ayaka Kaneko, will join the team in the spring). Two of the three veterans have won All-American honors. After the first three freshmen signed letters-of-intent in fall 2007, Golfweek called the group the nation’s fourth-best recruiting class, but with the addition of two more top freshmen in the spring, it’s arguably the best collection of newcomers in the country.
PRESEASON HONORS Â Taylore Karle was named a preseason All-American second teamer by Golfweek and was ranked #10 on Golf World’s "Players to Watch" list. On Golfweek’s "Top Frosh to Watch," Ayaka Kaneko was #6, Lisa McCloskey was #10 and Jessica Wallace was among the next 15 players listed. Kaneko was also listed among the nation’s top 50 players by Golf World.
AGOJO Â Senior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Philippines) is averaging 73.17 strokes in six rounds ... Placed third at the season-opening McGuire Invitational with a 3-under 216 ... A three-time All-WCC first team selection ... Entered her senior year with a career stroke average of 75.84, eighth all-time at Pepperdine ... As a junior, averaged 76.63 strokes ... Won the 2006 WCC Championships as a freshman and was named to the 2007 Golfweek All-American honorable mention list.
DROLSON Â Freshman Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is averaging 74.17 strokes in six rounds ... Tied for 16th at the McGuire Invitational in her collegiate debut ... Was #27 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings at the time of her letter-of-intent signing in April 2008 ... Was named the 2006 San Diego Junior Golf Association’s Player of the Year ... Played in the Women’s U.S. Amateur in 2005, 2007 and 2008 and in the Girls’ U.S. Junior Amateur in 2004 and 2005 ... A three-time All-CIF San Diego Section honoree at Torrey Pines.
HAYASHIDA Â Freshman Kiara Hayashida (Lima, Peru) is averaging 77.00 strokes in three rounds ... Tied for 39th at the McGuire Invitational in her collegiate debut ... Ranked as the #1 amateur in Peru in 2008. She ranked #24 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings at the time of her letter-of-intent signing in November 2007. She won the 2007 South American Junior Championship. She spent the last two years of her high school career at the Heritage Academy in Hilton Head, S.C.
KARLE Â Sophomore Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) is averaging 73.50 strokes in six rounds ... Tied for 18th at the McGuire Invitational ... Had one of the top seasons in school history as a freshman ... Earned All-American second team honors from both Golfweek and the NGCA ... Made the All-WCC first team and was named WCC Freshman of the Year ... Ended up ranked #15 nationally by Golfstat ... Team-best 73.37 stroke average was sixth-best in school single-season history ... The #1 recruit in the nation coming out of high school.
McCLOSKEY Â Freshman Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) is averaging a team-best 73.00 strokes in six rounds ... Tied for 10th at the McGuire Invitational in her collegiate debut ... A three-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American (2006 first team, 2005 and 2007 honorable mention) ... Was #9 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings at the time of her letter-of-intent signing in April 2008 and attained her best ranking of #11 in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings ... Was the medalist during stroke play at the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship before advancing to the quarterfinals.
WALLACE Â Freshman Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) is averaging 74.67 strokes in six rounds ... Tied for 16th at the McGuire Invitational in her collegiate debut ... Earned 2007 AJGA Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention honors ... Her top achievement in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings was #10 and she was #15 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings at the time of her letter-of-intent signing in November 2007.
LAURIE GIBBS Â Recognized by her peers as one of the top collegiate women’s golf coaches in the country, Laurie Gibbs begins her 16th 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 17 times. Gibbs has led Pepperdine to West Coast Conference championships in 10 of the last 11 years, including a current streak of seven 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.
2007-08 RECAP Â The Waves won the WCC championship for the 10th time, but a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional denied Pepperdine a ninth NCAA Championships appearance in the last 10 years. Taylore Karle was an All-American, while she, Jayvie Agojo, Leanne Bowditch and Stephanie Gelleni made the All-WCC first team. Laurie Gibbs was named WCC Coach of the Year.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY Â The last decade has 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 10 of the last 11 years, including a current streak of seven titles that began in 2002.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE Â 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 Â 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.
UP NEXT Â The Waves are off until spring and the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Feb. 9-11.