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Former Pepperdine All-American Kevin Marsh to Make Masters Debut on Thursday

April 4, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Former Pepperdine All-American Kevin Marsh, who was a four-time individual medalist during his collegiate career, will make his Masters debut when the 70th edition of the fabled tournament gets underway on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia.

Marsh, who was a member of the golf team from 1993-96 and earned All-American honors in 1994, will become the first Pepperdine player to compete in the storied Masters. He is scheduled to tee-off at 1:19 p.m. (EDT) and will be grouped with Padraig Harrington and 1982 Masters Champion Craig Stadler.

The former Pepperdine All-American gained automatic entry into the tournament after defeating Carlton Forrester, 10 and 9, at the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tennessee last September. He recorded the largest margin of victory in the tournament's history.

During his career at Pepperdine, Marsh was a three-time All-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection and claimed individual medalist honors at the 1995 WCC Championships. He also won tournament titles at the 1993 Stanford Shootout, 1993 Aldila / Callaway San Diego State Invitational and 1994 Robertson Homes Invitational.

Following his collegiate career, Marsh played professionally before eventually re-gaining his amateur status that allowed him to compete in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

The Masters will be televised live by the USA Network on Thursday and Friday beginning at 1 p.m. (PDT) and by CBS Saturday and Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. (PDT). The action can also be followed live on the Internet at www.masters.org.