Oct. 18, 2006
Malibu, Calif. -
The Pepperdine men's golf team returns to action next week when it hosts the eighth annual The Club Glove Intercollegiate at Saticoy Country Club in Somis beginning Monday. The 54-hole tournament format calls for 36 holes to be played on Monday with the final 18 holes scheduled for Tuesday.
RESULTS: Results will be available at www.PepperdineSports.com following the conclusion of play each day.
THE COURSE: The Club Glove Intercollegiate will be contested on the par 72, 6,985-yard Saticoy Country Club.
THE FIELD: The 12-team field includes Colorado, Houston, Kansas State, Kent State, Lamar, Louisville, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, Southern Mississippi, UC Riverside and Xavier. Two teams, Lamar (10) and Louisville (16), are ranked in the latest Golfweek Top 30 poll.
THE CLUB GLOVE INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY: Pepperdine is the only multiple winner of the event, claiming the team title in 2001, 2003 and 2004. San Diego State captured the tournament in 2005 as it recorded a 16-shot victory over second-place Pepperdine. The Aztecs posted an 893 total while the Waves finished at 909. San Diego State teammates David Palm and Josh Warthen tied for individual medalist honors with 4-over par scores of 220 to finish two shots ahead of Pepperdine senior Alex Coe.
LAST TIME OUT: Pepperdine is coming off a 14th place finish at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges Golf & Country Club in Jonesborough, Tennessee last weekend. The Waves totaled a 49-over par score of 913. Tennessee claimed the team title with 5-over par score of 869 to register a one-shot victory over host East Tennessee State. The Buccaneers' Rhys Davies claimed individual medalist honors with a 5-under par total of 211 to register a three-shot win over Tennessee's Philip Pettitt, who finished at 2-under 214. Junior Eric Shriver was the top finisher for Pepperdine as he tied for 33rd with an 8-over par 224.
2006-07 REVIEW: 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.
SHRIVER LEADS WAVES: Junior Eric Shriver, a transfer from Arkansas, currently tops Pepperdine after two events with a 74.50 stroke average. Shirver began his Waves' career with a tie for 29th at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate before tying for 33rd at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate on Sunday. He shot a final-round 1-over 73 to finish at 8-over par 224.
Following next week's The Club Glove Intercollegiate, Pepperdine will next be in action November 6-7 when it competes in the The CordeValle Classic at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California.
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.