Oct. 11, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
Coming off a solid season-opening performance four weeks ago, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's golf team returns to action on Saturday, October 14, when it opens play at the Ninth Annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
The 54-hole tournament format calls for 36 holes to be played on Saturday with the final 18 holes scheduled for Sunday. Pepperdine is making its second appearance in the event. The Waves last appeared in the tournament in 2001 and finished 12th among 14 teams.
LIVESCORING: The Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstat.com. Play will begin with a 4:30 a.m. (PDT) starting on Saturday.
THE COURSE: The Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate will be contested on the par 72, 7,147-yard The Ridges Golf and Country Club course.
THE FIELD: The 15-team field includes Alabama, Auburn, host East Tennessee State, Kentucky, Kent State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pepperdine, Texas Christian, Tennessee, South Carolina, Albama-Birmingham, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Eight teams, Alabama (1), Tennessee (10), East Tennessee State (13), North Carolina (14), Texas Christian (21), Kentucky (24), Pepperdine (25) and Wake Forest (26) are ranked in the latest Golfweek Top 30 poll. South Carolina is the defending champion.
LAST TIME OUT: Pepperdine opened its 2006-07 season at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 22-23, and placed third in the 21-team field. The Waves carded a 54-hole score of 877 to finish three shots behind host New Mexico which finished with an 874. Brigham Young was second with a score of 875. Junior Jesse Barnsley was the top individual performer for Pepperdine as he posted a score of 1-over par 217. The Waves also received a solid performance from a pair of freshmen as Shane Mason tied for 11th at 3-over 219 and Carl Smith recorded a score of 5-over 221.
2005-06 REVIEW: Head coach John Geiberger guided Pepperdine to the NCAA Championships a year ago. The Waves, who qualified for their seventh NCAA Championships in 2006, were tied for 22nd after 54-holes of play at the Crosswater Golf Course in Sunriver, Oregon. Pepperdine qualified for its third NCAA Championships in five years after tying for ninth place at the NCAA West Regionals at the OMNI Tucson, National Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona. 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.
Juniors Jesse Barnsley and Colin Wilcox are the top returning players from last year's team. Wilcox returns for his junior campaign after posting a 75.14 stroke average and registering three Top 20 showings. His best finish came at The Club Glove Intercollegiate where he tied for 11th.
Barnsley competed in 10 events for the Waves a year ago and compiled a 75.90 stroke average. His best performance last season came at The Club Glove Intercollegiate where he tied for ninth after posting scores 74-77-78 for a 229 total.
Pepperdine's line-up is further bolstered by the addition of junior Eric Shirver, who is a transfer from Arkansas and enjoyed two productive years for the Razorbacks. In two seasons at Arkansas, Shriver competed in 18 events and recorded a 74.18 stroke average over 54 rounds. He totaled four Top 20 finishes, including two Top 10s. Shriver's best finish came at the 2005 CordeValle Collegiate where he tied for seventh.
Shriver helped the Razorbacks qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships after carding a final-round 6-under 66 at the NCAA Central Regional that helped propel Arkansas to a sixth-place tie.
The Pepperdine roster also includes redshirt freshman Carl Smith (Laguna Niguel, CA / Santa Margarita HS) and true freshmen Olin Browne (Hobe Sound, FL / The Benjamin School), Shane Mason (San Diego, CA / St. Augustine HS), Chad Vivolo (Carmel, CA / Robert Louis Stevenson HS) and Andrew Widmar (El Paso, TX / Cathedral HS).
PROGRAM RANKED NO. 3: An NCAA Championship and two other Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships within the span of 10 years has helped catapult Pepperdine to No. 3 in Golf Digest's ranking of the Top 10 golf colleges in the country. It marks the second straight year that Pepperdine's men's golf team has been ranked in the Top 10. Five criteria form the basis of the rankings: a college golf team's adjusted scoring average, player growth while on the team, academics, climate and coaches/facilities.
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 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 11th 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.