Frederick Wedel, a
senior on the men's golf team, has appeared in 45 tournaments and 134 rounds over
the past four years. He's all over the school's record book, including a career
scoring average of 72.78 that ranks fifth all-time at Pepperdine. As his college
golf career gets closer to the end, including next week's WCC Championships, he
reflects on his time at Pepperdine:
Q: As you are preparing
to leave Pepperdine after your senior year, what does it mean for you to leave
your name so significantly on the golf program's legacy and in the record
A: Helping with the
program culture and leaving a legacy with this team means substantially more to
me than any of the records. My success is a culmination of hard work and being
surrounded by solid individuals that have all helped me along the way. It's a
special feeling to see that I have done things that other golfers in history
haven't, but records are meant to be broken and somebody is always doing
something special so that just keeps things in perspective to constantly improve
and get better.
Q: What have your four
years here at Pepperdine and specifically on the men's golf team meant for you?
A: These have been the
best four years of my life and the guys I spend time with day in and day out I
have developed friendships with that will last forever. Being a part of the
program here at Pepperdine has taught me so much about life and what it means
to be successful.
Q: What achievement are
you most proud of as you look back on your career?
A: My first college win at
the Princeville Invitational in Hawaii my junior year. Any time your name is at
the top of the leaderboard at the end of the event you did something special.
That was just an amazing week in a strong field shooting 64-63-69, posting 18,
36 and 54-hole Pepperdine records, and beating the #1 and #2 players in the country.
Q: What is your
favorite memory from your golf career here at Pepperdine?
A: I have so many across
my four years that it pains me to have to pick one. I have different memories
with each individual, but going to the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, recently
was unbelievable. The Masters is the most prestigious event in all of golf and
getting to see just how perfect that piece of property is, walking Amen Corner,
and doing it with a group of my best friends was truly something else.
Q: What do you think
you've learned or gained from being part of the Pepperdine golf team all these
A: You learn from your
successes but even more from your failures. How you bounce back and learn from your
negative experiences or struggles defines how successful you will be on the
golf course and especially in life.
Q: What do you think
helped you succeed and perform so well throughout your golf career?
A: I think first and
foremost it's the fact that I want to play golf for a living and that I will
never be that satisfied with any of my achievements in college because the
ultimate goal is to be the best golfer in the world professionally. Winning
majors such as the Masters or the U.S. Open. Reaching the pinnacle of the game
is what drives me. Second is falling in love with the process of getting better
each and every single day. Envisioning success, implementing a plan, going
through with that plan, and having the drive and self-discipline to do so.
Q: What is up next for
you, either in general but also with golf?
A: My plan after
postseason is to move back to Houston and play amateur events for the summer. I
want to play in one more U.S. Amateur and enjoy all those events one final time
before turning professional. I will go to Q-School, which is basically
qualifying for the PGA Tour, in the fall of 2016 where I will turn professional
Q: As Pepperdine is the
defending WCC champion what are your thoughts going into the league tournament this
A: The only thing on our mind
is winning. We are the top-ranked team in our conference by a decent margin and
we absolutely have the ability to win again. We have broken quite a few team
records this year but still haven't won, unfortunately, so that is our ultimate
Q: What are thoughts
that go through your mind right before going into the WCC Championships?
A: Just trying to get
better every day and improve to give ourselves the best chance of winning.
Obviously postseason has a different feeling than other events but we are just
trying to build momentum.
Q: What's it been like
for you being a senior with a lot of freshmen in the lineup this year?
A: It's a challenge that I
have accepted with open arms. I understand being a senior that I have to be a
leader and a role model for these guys, and I want to. I have been doing my
best to help them fit into our culture and show them what it means to be
successful. Teaching them to be the best individuals they can be and providing
that support to help them grow and mature. I have to hold myself accountable as
well because I understand they watch how I carry myself and pay attention to
what I say. Ultimately I just want the best for them and these guys are like
the little brothers I never had.
Q: What advice would
you give, or have you given, to freshmen starting their journey that you wish
someone would have given you?
A: I believe that having
balance in your life is the most important aspect to your well-being. Handling
school, golf and relationships can be difficult but if you can find balance
with everything you will find yourself a happier person and give yourself a
better chance to be successful.
Q: Any other
A: Honestly, I just want
to thank everybody who helps to make everything possible for this golf program.
From boosters who help fund the program to the people I have gotten to know in
the compliance office. I know from being around four years that a lot goes in
behind the scenes and a lot of individuals work to make this all possible for
us, so I genuinely appreciate all the support from them.