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Pepperdine Opens Play at NCAA West Regional Championships on Thursday

Junior Eric Shriver
 
Junior Eric Shriver
 
 

May 16, 2007

Malibu, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine men's golf team, which received the No. 15 seed in the NCAA West Regional, will travel to Tempe, Arizona, later this week where it will compete at the Karsten Golf Course beginning Thursday, May 17.

The tournament format calls for 18 holes to be played Thursday through Saturday at the par-72, 7,057-yard Karsten Golf Course. The Waves are scheduled to tee-off at 12:35 p.m. and will be grouped with Vanderbilt and Augusta State. 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 Stanford along with second seed and No. 8 UCLA, third-seed UNLV (9) and No. 4 seed USC (5).

Three regional tournaments, encompassing the current nine sub-regions, will be conducted May 17-19. A total of 27 teams and six individuals not on selected teams were assigned to each regional site. Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals.

The championships will be conducted May 30-June 2 at the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University is the host institution for this year's championships.

In addition to the West Regional in Tempe, regional sites also include the East Regional at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Georgia, and the Central Regional at the Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Head coach John Geiberger's Waves are making their 15th NCAA Regional appearance and ninth straight. Pepperdine tied for ninth at the 2006 NCAA West Regional Championships in Tucson, Arizona, and earned a berth into the NCAA Championships. The Waves are seeking their sixth NCAA Championships appearance and third in the last four years.

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

THE FIELD: The 27-team field includes Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, USC, East Tennessee State, Brigham Young, Arizona State, Wake Forest, Arizona, UC Irvine, South Carolina, Washington, Vanderbilt, Augusta State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, New Mexico, Oregon State, Colorado State, Oregon, California, Nevada, Denver, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Bucknell and Monmouth,

A total of eight schools (Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, Arizona State, Wake Forest, Arizona, Pepperdine and California) have combined to win 16 national championships.

WCC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Behind junior Eric Shriver, the Pepperdine mens' golf team rallied in the final round to capture the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships that concluded April 17 at the par-72, 7,105-yard La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California. The Waves captured the WCC crown for the 16th time and eighth time in the last nine years after finishing fifth in 2006. Pepperdine shot a final-round 10-over par 298 to finish the 54-hole event with a 29-over par total of 893 and register a five-shot victory over San Diego (898). Defending champion Loyola Marymount (901) placed third while Saint Mary's (904), which led after the second round, finished fourth and San Francisco and Santa Clara tied for fifth with scores of 42-over 906. Shriver finished third with a 2-over par total of 218, three shots behind Loyola Marymount's Brian Locke, who became the first player in tournament history to repeat as individual medalist. Locke posted a score of 1-under par 215 to claim a two-shot victory over Lions teammate Jason D'Amore. Shriver was named All-West Coast Conference while freshman Carl Smith received honorable mention.

SHRIVER LEADS WAVES: Junior Eric Shriver leads Pepperdine with a 73.35 stroke average while completing 34 rounds. Shriver has six Top 20 finishes, including four Top 10s. His best finish was a third place finish at the West Coast Conference Championships in April. He also finished first at the Georgia State-Pepperdine Challenge in March after shooting a 3-under 69.

PEPPERDINE INKS THREE PLAYERS TO LETTERS OF INTENT: Head coach John Geiberger signed three players to letters of intent during the early signing period. Geiberger announced the signings of Josh Anderson (Murrieta, CA / Murrieta Valley HS), Richard "Austyn" Karle (Scottsdale, AZ / Notre Dame Prep) and Andrew Putnam (University Place, WA / Life Christian Academy). Anderson was tabbed the Southern California PGA Junior Player of the Year based on scoring average, while Karle won the 2006 Arizona State High School individual championship. Putnam, the younger brother of former Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam, captured the 2006 Washington State Individual state title, was a semi-finalist at the USGA Junior Boys Championships and was a second team AJGA All-American.

PEPPERDINE RECRUIT NAMED TO U.S. WORLD JUNIOR TEAM: Andrew Putnam, who signed a letter of intent last November to attend Pepperdine beginning in the fall, was one of four players selected to represent the United States at the 2007 World Junior Golf Team Championship June 19-22 in Toyota City, Japan.

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 16 times--1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007--in the last 21 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships 15 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 in eight of the last nine 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.