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Waves' Putnam Earns All-American Honors for Third Time

June 28, 2011

MALIBU, Calif.--- Pepperdine men's golfer Andrew Putnam wrapped up a tremendous senior season and career by being awarded All-American honors from both Golfweek and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy), now a three-time All-American, received honorable mention notice from both Golfweek and PING/GCAA in 2011.

He previously was named an All-American in 2009 (honorable mention by PING/GCAA) and in 2008 (third team by Golfweek, honorable mention by PING/GCAA).

During his senior season, Putnam was one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award and was also on the Hogan Award watch list. He posted a team-best stroke average of 72.03, a figure that ranks fourth in Pepperdine's single-season history. Putnam had eight top 20 finishes and five top-10 results among his 13 tournaments, and won his first two collegiate tournaments (he was tri-medalist at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate last October and won the Arizona Intercollegiate in February outright).

Putnam helped lead the Waves to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006, as Pepperdine finished 25th in the nation at the 2011 event. A strong finish helped Putnam tie for 38th place at the event.

He was the 2009 West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a four-time PING All-West Region and All-WCC first team honoree. Putnam features prominently in the Waves' career records lists, as he is tied for first in top-20 finishes (36), second in stroke average (72.57), third in sub-par rounds (52), fourth in top-10 finishes (21) and seventh in rounds played (147).

Putnam is only the second three-time PING/GCAA All-American history in Pepperdine history, along with his older brother Michael.

-Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics