Oct. 28, 2005
Malibu, Calif. -
The nationally-ranked Pepperdine men's golf team concludes its fall schedule next week when it competes in the first CordeValle Collegiate at CordeValley Country Club in San Martin, California, beginning October 31.
The tournament format calls for 36 holes on Monday and concludes with the final 18 holes on Tuesday and will be played on the par-72, 7,169-yard CordeValley Country Club. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
The 15-team tournament field includes Arizona, Arkansas, Augusta State, California, Central Florida, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas, host UCLA, USC, Virginia and Washington.
A total of seven teams - UCLA (5), Washington (11), Northwestern (16), Pepperdine (17), Notre Dame (22), Augusta State (25), and Texas (29) - are ranked in the latest Golfweek rankings.
THE PRESTIGE AT PGA WEST: UCLA captured The Prestige at PGA West that was played at the Greg Norman Course in La Quinta, California, October 17-18. The Bruins totaled a 4-under 54-hole score of 860 to record a 10-shot victory over Brigham Young (870).
UC Irvine (872) was third, Illinois (875) fourth and Pepperdine and Notre Dame tied for fifth with 16-over par scores of 880.
UC Irvine's Tim Cha and Illinois' Danny Zimmerman tied for individual medalist honors with 3-under par scores of 213 to finish one shot ahead of UCLA' teammates Erik Flores and Chris Heintz and Notre Dame's Scott Gustafson, who totaled 2-over par totals of 214.
After three events, Coe tops Pepperdine with a 73.22 scoring average and has three Top 20 finishes, including a pair of Top 10 showings. In addition to tying for 13th place at The Prestige at PGA West, Coe had a third-place showing at The Club Glove Intercollegiate and tied for eighth at The Topy Cup in Japan to open the season.
PEPPERDINE RANKED AMONG TOP MEN'S PROGRAMS: Over the last six years, Pepperdine has been the 25th-best men's golf program according to Golfweek, which combined its college rankings from the past six seasons. Georgia Tech came out on top and is followed by Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma State and Florida.
Following next week's The CordeValle Collegiate, Pepperdine will be off until opening its spring season at the Ping Arizona Invitational beginning January 30 at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona.
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 19 seasons. Additionally, the Waves have advanced to the NCAA West Regional Championships 13 times since 1992, and earned a spot in the 30-team NCAA Championships field six times in the last 12 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 10th 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.
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 2005-06 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.