May 19, 2011
TUCSON, ARIZ.-- The Pepperdine men's golf team turned in an even-par 284 at Thursday's first round of the NCAA Southwest Regional, a solid score but a few strokes behind where the Waves need to be if they want to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Only the top five teams will move on to the NCAAs, and right now Pepperdine is in a tie for seventh place along with Oregon State. But the Waves aren't far off the pace, as fourth-place Arizona and Texas A&M are just three strokes ahead at 281, while Texas Tech sits in sixth place at 283.
Play continues with the second round on Friday at the par-71 OMNI Tucson National Golf Resort with the Waves paired up with Oregon State and California beginning at 8 a.m. off the 10th hole.
"I think we got off to a decent start," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "We're still right there. I think most of our guys feel like they could have played a little better. It was nice to see our freshman shoot under par today. It's a big tournament for him. We all feel like we have the tools to play well. Everyone's just going to go out and try to shoot under par and we'll see what happens in the end."
Sophomore Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS) and freshman Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) both shot 1-under 70s to lead Pepperdine. The duo is tied for 13th place in the standings. Mac Arthur overcame an early double-bogey to post four birdies and one bogey the rest of the way. Page had three birdies overall, including two during a flawless back nine.
"This is my first regional because I'm a freshman," Page said. "I was a little nervous to start off, took a few tentative swings, but I gained some confidence, which I think was reflected in my scorecard. For tomorrow, there are a few things that need tightening up. I have a positive outlook, and I'm excited for the rest of the week."
Senior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) is one stroke back in a tie for 18th place after an even-par 71. He had three birdies during his round.
Junior Josh Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) and senior Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) are tied for 38th place after 2-over 72s. Anderson notched three birdies and Widmar recorded one.
Pepperdine, the 1997 NCAA champion, is trying for its first NCAA Championships berth since 2006 and its eighth overall.
-Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics