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Pepperdine Travels to Sunriver, Oregon for NCAA Championships

May 26, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's golf team will make its second NCAA Championships appearance in the last three years when it travels to Sunriver, Oregon, next week in an attempt to win its second-ever national championship. The 72-hole tournament opens Tuesday, May 30, at the Suriver Resort's Crosswater Golf Course and runs through Saturday, June 3 with 18 holes scheduled each day.

LIVESCORING: The NCAA Championships can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com.

THE COURSE: The NCAA Championships will be contested on the par-72, 7,630-yard Crosswater Golf Course at the Sunriver Resort.

THE FIELD: The 30-team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Brigham Young, Charlotte, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Tennessee State, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentuck, Lamar, Loyola Marymount, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UNLV, UCLA, Wake Forest, Washington.

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).

Pepperdine qualified for its third NCAA Championships in five years and seventh overall after tying for ninth place at the NCAA West Regionals at the OMNI Tucson, National Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona, last week. The Waves carded rounds of 283-287-281 for a 13-under par total of 851. Arizona and Florida tied for the team title with 37-under par scores of 827. Arizona State and Washington tied for third at 24-under par 840.

Individually, senior Alex Coe was the top individual performer for Pepperdine, tying for 11th with an 8-under par total of 208.

Head coach John Geibergers' Waves are making their seventh NCAA Championships appearance and first since 2004 when they placed 10th. Pepperdine placed 10th at the 2004 NCAA Championships with a 72-hole total of 1160 and were led by then-junior All-American Michael Putnam, who finished fourth. California claimed the team title and UNLV's Ryan Moore was individual medalist.

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

SEASON REVIEW: Pepperdine enters the NCAA Championships with 10 Top 10 finishes in 12 tournaments with its best finish being a win at the USC Ashworth Invitational in Westlake Village, California. The Waves also finished second at their own The Club Glove Intercollegiate in Somis, California and third at the General Jim Hackler Invitational in South Carolina. Indivdually, senior Alex Coe tops Pepperdine with a 72.14 stroke and has six Top 5 finishes, including a win at the General Jim Hackler Invitational. Coe, who was named All-West Coast Conference, was selected to the 12-member 2006 Fuji Xerox United States Team that will travel to Japan in July.

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 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 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.