Oct. 28, 2004
The Pepperdine men's golf team continues its busy fall schedule next week when it opens play at the 16-team The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, California, beginning on Monday.
The 54-hole tournament will be contested at the par-72, 7,156-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA West. The format calls for a 36-hole shotgun start beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday and will conclude with the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The 16-team field includes Brigham Young, Colorado, Kansas, Northern Colorado, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and Yale.
Brigham Young (13), Oklahoma (18), Pepperdine (19), Texas Christian (7) and UCLA (11) are either in Golfweek's or Golfworld's Top 30.
UCLA is the defending 2003 champion after registering a a one-shot victory over Texas Christian. The Bruins won the tournament with a 54-hole score of 859.
TCU's Colby Beckstrom claimed individual medalist honors with a 10-under par score of 206.
Pepperdine finished fourth at the event with an 863 total as junior Michael Putnam led the Waves with a fifth-place showing after carding a 5-under 211.
Pepperdine is coming off a tie for fifth place at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions in Knoxville, Tennessee, October 18-19. The Waves totaled an 866 to finish 13 strokes behind winner Tennessee.
Putnam tied for eighth with a 2-under 211.
O'FLAHERTY, PUTNAM TO COMPETE IN ALL-AMERICA GOLF CLASSIC: Pepperdine senior All-American Brian O'Flaherty and Michael Putnam are among 30 of the nation's elite collegiate golfers who have have accepted invitations to compete in the 30th Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, scheduled for Nov. 21-23 at the El Paso Country Club. This year's tournament features five Golfweek preseason first team All-Americans - Anthony Kim (Oklahoma), Luke List (Vanderbilt), Spencer Levin (New Mexico), Jeff Overton (Indiana) and Putnam (Pepperdine). In all, 20 players in the field earned preseason All-America honors.
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 CaliforniaInvitational 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 14 times--1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004--in the last 18 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA West Regional Championships 11 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field six times in the last 11 years (1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2004). 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 begins his ninth 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 five seasons, and Geiberger has shared the league's "Coach of the Year" award in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sports Information Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the 2004-05 school year.
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.