May 20, 2011
TUCSON, ARIZ. -- Pepperdine's Josh Anderson fired the best score of the second round at the NCAA Southwest Regional on Friday, a career-best 6-under 65, to help put the Waves' men's golf team into position to advance to the NCAA Championships.
With one round to play, the Waves are in fourth place overall. Only the top five teams will move on to the NCAAs, and Pepperdine, the 1997 NCAA champion, is hoping to make it there for the first time since 2006 and for the eighth time overall.
Pepperdine shot a 4-under 280 on Friday, good for a total of a 4-under 564 (284-280), and moved up after beginning the day in a tie for seventh place. The Waves will have to hold off several teams that are still in contention for a spot at nationals, such as California (3-under 565), Washington (3-under 565) and Texas Tech (1-under 567). San Diego State (12-under 556), Arizona (7-under 561) and Texas A&M (5-under 563) are the three teams that are ahead of Pepperdine.
"Josh's round was big for us," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "We are in the mix right now and it's within our reach. Our goal is to win the whole thing, so we will see how that stacks up."
The Waves tee off beginning at 7:50 a.m. off the #1 hole for Saturday's third and final round along with California and Washington at the par-71 OMNI Tucson National Golf Resort.
Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) moved from a tie for 38th place all the way up into a tie for fourth place with a 4-under 138 (73-65) thanks to his big day. He had four birdies and one bogey in his first nine holes, then had two birdies and a bogey on the next nine before finishing with an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole.
Sophomore Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS) shot his second straight 1-under 70 to continue his impressive play as well. He's tied for 12th place with a 2-under 140. Mac Arthur had four birdies during his round.
Freshman Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) is right behind, tied for 16th place with a 1-under 141 (70-71). His even-par round on Friday included three birdies, two of which came on his first two holes of the day.
Senior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) is tied for 35th place at 145 (71-74) and senior Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) is tied for 53rd place at 148 (73-75).
-Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics