The Waves are looking to build on last season's NCAA Regional appearance and #41 ranking.
Frederick Wedel, Sahith Theegala and Roy Cootes turned in top-20 showings.
The third and final round is Tuesday at the North Ranch Country Club.
The Waves' next tournament is their own Southwestern Jones Invitational at the end of the month.
The Pepperdine senior will be trying for his second collegiate victory on Wednesday.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves in action at North Ranch Country Club.
Photos by Jeff Golden, Kyle Terada/WCC and Roger Horne of the Waves' WCC title at Saticoy Country Club.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves hosting the Jones Invitational at Valencia Country Club.
Photos of the Waves in action during the first day of tournament at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley.
Jeff Golden photos of the Waves in action at the Southwestern Intercollegiate at North Ranch Country Club.
CAREER: Through two seasons, has played in 18 tournaments and 53 rounds with a 74.96 scoring average.
PEPPERDINE 2015-16: Appeared in four tournaments as a sophomore and had a 75.45 scoring average in 11 rounds ... Shared the team lead at the season-opening Gopher Invitational with a season-best tie for 29th place (73-75-75=223) ... A Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
PEPPERDINE 2014-15: As a freshman, was one of just two Waves to take part in all 42 rounds ... Averaged 74.83 strokes ... Had two top-20 finishes ... Led the Waves twice, including a season-best tie for 18th at the Arizona Intercollegiate (73-70-71=214) ... Tied for 20th at the WCC Championships (82-72-80=234) ... Had seven below-par rounds, including a 6-under 66 in the first round at the Bill Cullum Invitational and a 5-under 67 in the first round of the San Diego Classic ... Tied for 58th at the NCAA Bremerton Regional (74-75-75=224) ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.
AMATEUR/JUNIOR GOLF: Made the semifinals of the 2016 Arizona Amateur Championship ... Fourth place at the 2016 Long Beach City Championship ... Rated as high as 56th in the Polo Rankings ... Five top-five finishes in AJGA play ... Finished in the top 10 at the Heather Farr and won a preseason AJGA event at Oak Valley ... Qualified for the Toyota Tour Cup four years in a row ... Played in the 2013 Junior Players.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from St. Margaret's Episcopal School, located in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in 2014 ... Played four years of varsity golf ... Earned All-Academy League first team honors all four years ... A 2013 Orange County Register all-county second team selection ... Made the CIF playoffs all four years ... Was the school's Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was on the honor roll every semester.
PERSONAL: Born in Torrance, Calif. ... Son of Vince Cecere and Lorine Bondra ... Majoring in economics ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the great location, the best golf coaches, great golf opportunities for the future and business connections."
FAVORITES: Enjoys going to the beach, playing volleyball and soccer and driving his car ... Favorites include Adam Scott (pro golfer), Spyglass Hill (golf course), Scorpion King (book), Happy Gilmore (movie), Million Dollar Listings and 24 (TV shows), Flosstradamus (musical artist), sushi (food) and soccer and beach volleyball (sports other than golf) ... Favorite thing about golf is "being able to constantly improve different parts of the game with hard work."