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Pepperdine Men's Golf Team Re-Claims WCC Championship

April 17, 2007

Lompoc, Calif. -

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Behind junior Eric Shriver, the Pepperdine mens' golf team rallied in the final round to capture the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships that concluded Tuesday at the par-72, 7,105-yard La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California.

The Waves captured the WCC crown for the 16th time and eighth time in the last nine years after finishing fifth in 2006. Pepperdine shot a final-round 10-over par 298 to finish the 54-hole event with a 29-over par total of 893 and register a five-shot victory over San Diego (898).

Defending champion Loyola Marymount (901) placed third while Saint Mary's (904), which led after the second round, finished fourth and San Francisco and Santa Clara tied for fifth with scores of 42-over 906.

Shriver finished third with a 2-over par total of 218, three shots behind Loyola Marymount's Brian Locke, who became the first player in tournament history to repeat as individual medalist. Locke posted a score of 1-under par 215 to claim a two-shot victory over Lions teammate Jason D'Amore.

Freshman Carl Smith tied for 13th with a 10-over par score of 226 while junior Jesse Barnsley finished 16th at 12-over par 228 and rookie Shane Mason tied for 20th at 15-over par 231.

Locke was named the WCC's Player of the Year, while Gonzaga's Brandon Crick was tabbed Freshman of the Year and Saint Mary's Scott Hardy was chosen Coach of the Year.

Pepperdine will be idled until May 17 when it opens NCAA Regional play. The regional selections and seedings will be announced Monday, May 7, at 3 p.m. (PDT). The three regionals will be contested at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Georgia (East), Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois (Central) and Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona (West).

The NCAA Championships will be held May 30 through June 2 at the Golden Horshoe Golf Club's Golf Course in Williamsburg, Virginia.