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Pepperdine Opens Play at NCAA West Regional Championships on Thursday

May 15, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's golf team received the No. 14 seed in the NCAA West Regional will travel to Tucson, Arizona, later this week where they will compete at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club beginning Thursday, May 18.

The tournament format calls for 18 holes to be played Thursday through Saturday at the par-72, 7,200-yard Omni Tucson National Golf Club. The Waves are scheduled to tee-off at 1:05 p.m. and will be grouped with Houston and Louisville. All the action can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.

The West Regional also includes second-ranked and No. 1 seed Florida along with second seed and No. 5 Arizona State and four West Coast Conference (WCC) teams. Joining the Waves in Tucson are Santa Clara (17), San Diego (22) and WCC Champion Loyola Marymount (25).

Three regional tournaments, encompassing the current nine regions, will be conducted May 18-20. A total of 27 teams and six individuals not on selected teams were assigned to each regional site. Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals.

The 2006 NCAA Championships will be conducted May 31 - June 3 at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Portland is the host institution for this year's championships.

In addition to the West Regional in Tucson, regional sites also include the East Regional at the Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, and the Central Regional at the Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio.

Head coach John Geibergers' Waves are making their 14th NCAA Regional appearance and eighth straight. Pepperdine tied for 10th at the 2005 NCAA West Regional Championships at the Stanford Golf Course. Pepperdine lost in a three-team playoff with USC and South Carolina for the final NCAA Championships final spot. The Waves are seeking their fifth NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2004 when they placed 10th.

Pepperdine captured the 1997 national championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Pepperdine was last in action at West Coast Conference Championships that concluded April 18. The Waves had their streak of seven consecutives titles snapped when they finished fifth in the eight-team tournament after shooting a 54-hole total of 899. Loyola Marymount captured its first-ever WCC Championship with a score of 872 to register a five-shot victory over San Francisco. LMU's Brian Locke captured individual medalist honors with a 6-under par score of 210. Sophomore Michael Baird was the top finisher for the Waves placing 12th win an 8-over par score of 224. Baird earned honorable mention All-WCC while senior Alex Coe was named to the all-conference team.

COE TOPS WAVES: Senior Alex Coe leads Pepperdine with a stroke average of 72.39 while playing 33 rounds. He has registered eight Top 20 showings, including six Top 10s.

COE FINALIST FOR BYRON NELSON AWARD: Senior Alex Coe was named one of five finalists for the prestigious Byron Nelson Award that is presented annually by Cleveland Golf, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Candidates for the Byron Nelson Award must be a graduating senior and the selection committee will consider equally a nominee's entire collegiate academic career, entire collegiate golf career and his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee's good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career.

PEPPERDINE RANKED AMONG TOP MEN'S PROGRAMS: Over the last six years, Pepperdine has been the 25th-best men's golf program according to Golfweek, which combined its college rankings from the past six seasons. Georgia Tech came out on top and is followed by Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma State and Florida.

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 West Regional Championships 14 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field six times in the last 12 years (1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2004). 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 begins his 10th 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.