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Pepperdine Opens Play at John Hayt Collegiate Invitational on Sunday

Feb. 16, 2007

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's golf team resumes its 2006-07 spring schedule Sunday when it opens play at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

LIVESCORING: The John Hayt Collegiate Invitational can be followed live on the Internet at www.Golfstat.com.

THE COURSE: The Sawgrass Country Club is a par-72, 6,910-yard course. The 54-hole tournament format calls for 18 holes to be played each day, concluding on Tuesday, February 20. The Waves are scheduled to tee off at 6:12 a.m. (PST) and are grouped with Notre Dame and Tennessee.

THE FIELD: The 15-team field includes Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, Augusta State, Central Florida, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Louisiana State, host North Florida, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt. Six teams - Alabama (5), Coastal Carolina (8), Tennessee (9), UCLA (10), Georgia State (21) and Charlotte (25) - are ranked in the latest Golfweek Top 30 poll.

LAST TIME OUT: Pepperdine opened its spring schedule at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate in late January and finished ninth in the 16-team field. UNLV captured the team title with a 23-under par score of 829 to finish four shots ahead of second-place Brigham Young (833). Host Arizona (840) placed third while Tennessee (841) and UC Irvine (842) rounded out the top five. The Waves finished with a 5-over par 857. Arizona's Brian Prouty claimed individual medalist honors with a 14-under par total 199 to register a four-shot win over New Mexico's Charlie Beljan and East Tennessee State's Seamus Power. Both players totaled 54-hole scores of 10-under par 203. Pepperdine junior Jesse Barnsley, who entered the final round in second place, shot a closing-round 3-over par 74 to finish at 5-under par 208 and tie for 13th.

2006-07 REVIEW: Pepperdine opened its 2006-07 season at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 22-23, and placed third in the 21-team field. The Waves carded a 54-hole score of 877 to finish three shots behind host New Mexico which finished with an 874. Brigham Young was second with a score of 875. Junior Jesse Barnsley was the top individual performer for Pepperdine as he posted a score of 1-over par 217. The Waves also received a solid performance from a pair of freshmen as Shane Mason tied for 11th at 3-over 219 and Carl Smith recorded a score of 5-over 221. While hosting The Club Glove Intercollegiate, Pepperdine tied for second at the 12-team event at Saticoy Country Club. The Waves carded a 54-hole score of 904 to tie New Mexico and finish 11 strokes behind team champion Lamar (893). Pepperdine turned in a 10th-place showing at The CordeValle Classic in San Martin, California. Junior Eric Shriver was the top individual for the Waves as he tied for 19th. The Waves closed out their fall schedule at the sixth-place finish at the nine-team Aloha Purdue Intercollegiate in Hawaii in late November. Texas captured the team title with a 7-over par 847 while the Waves totaled a 23-over par 863.

SHRIVER LEADS WAVES: Junior Eric Shriver, a transfer from Arkansas, currently tops Pepperdine after six events with a 73.33 stroke average. Shirver began his Waves' career with a tie for 29th at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate before tying for 33rd at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate on October 15. He shot a final-round 1-over 73 to finish at 8-over par 224. Shirver recorded his first Top-10 finish for Pepperdine when he tied for eighth at The Club Glove Intercollegiate. The Waves' junior tied for 19th at the CordeValle Collegiate with an 867 total and tied for 36th at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate.

PEPPERDINE INKS THREE PLAYERS TO LETTERS OF INTENT: Head coach John Geiberger signed three players to letters of intent during the early signing period. Geiberger announced the signings of Josh Anderson (Murrieta, CA / Murrieta Valley HS), Richard "Austyn" Karle (Scottsdale, AZ / Notre Dame Prep) and Andrew Putnam (University Place, WA / Life Christian Academy). Anderson was tabbed the Southern California PGA Junior Player of the Year based on scoring average, while Karle won the 2006 Arizona State High School individual championship. Putnam, the younger brother of former Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam, captured the 2006 Washington State Individual state title, was a semi-finalist at the USGA Junior Boys Championships and was a second team AJGA All-American.

PROGRAM RANKED NO. 3: An NCAA Championship and two other Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships within the span of 10 years has helped catapult Pepperdine to No. 3 in Golf Digest's ranking of the Top 10 golf colleges in the country. It marks the second straight year that Pepperdine's men's golf team has been ranked in the Top 10. Five criteria form the basis of the rankings: a college golf team's adjusted scoring average, player growth while on the team, academics, climate and coaches/facilities.

THE PROGRAM: Although historical records are sketchy, Pepperdine fielded its first-ever golf team in the late 1940's or early 1950's. The program was deemphasized in the early 1970's when the school relocated to Malibu, but was reinstituted as an intercollegiate sport in the fall of 1982. In 1987, Pepperdine achieved its first notable success, as the Waves upset several local collegiate powers and claimed the team championship of the Southern California Invitational at the Torrey Pines Country Club in San Diego. Pepperdine won its first-ever West Coast Conference (WCC) title that same year, and Jim Johnson earned a spot competing as an individual at the NCAA Championships--a first-time accomplishment for a Waves' player. Pepperdine has since won the WCC crown a total of 15 times--1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005--in the last 20 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships 14 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field seven times in the last 13 years (1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006). Pepperdine has emerged as a regular in the national Top 25 rankings since 1993, and climaxed the 1997 campaign by winning its first-ever NCAA team title.

John Geiberger: John Geiberger is in his 11th season as the Waves' head coach. During his rookie season in 1996-97, Geiberger directed Pepperdine to its first-ever NCAA men's golf title. A three-year letterwinner at Pepperdine from 1989-91, Geiberger was hired as the University's head men's golf coach in August of 1996. During Geiberger's collegiate career in Malibu, Pepperdine captured West Coast Conference (WCC) titles in 1989 and 1991, and he earned All-WCC accolades in 1990 and 1991. Geiberger earned a bachelor's degree in organizational communications from the University in 1993. In addition to playing in numerous amateur tournaments, Geiberger caddied for his father, Al, on a regular basis from 1991-96 on the PGA Senior Tour. Geiberger was tabbed the 1997 WCC "Coach of the Year" after leading the Waves to the league championship. Geiberger was selected the 1997 National and District 8 "Coach of the Year" by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Pepperdine has won the WCC title each of the last seven seasons, and Geiberger has shared the league's "Coach of the Year" award in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005.

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: http://www.PepperdineSports.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For additional information on the men'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) 506-4445.