The Waves are the #6 seed at the regional in Norman, Oklahoma and must finish in the top five.
Both Sahith Theegala and the men's golf team set Pepperdine records for largest margin of victory.
Joe Highsmith and Derek Hitchner will be Waves in 2018-19.
The U.S. Amateur Championship will primarily be held at nearby Riviera County Club.
The Waves wrapped up their best season in more than a decade.
Todd Drexler's photos of Joshua McCarthy at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
Jeff Golden's photos from Saticoy Country Club.
Tim Cowie's photos of the Waves in their final round of stroke play at Rich Harvest Farms.
Tim Cowie's photos of the Waves in action during Sunday's third round at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Tim Cowie's photos of the Waves in action on Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
As he begins his sixth season as head coach in 2017-18, two-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year Michael Beard has put Pepperdine men's golf firmly back on track as one of the nation's top programs and poised for postseason success for years to come.
Beard led the Waves to a 13th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships, the school's best finish since 2004 and the team's first appearance since 2011. The Waves' end-of-year ranking of #20 by Golfstat was also the team's best since 2004.
Beard's first tournament title as head coach came at the 2015 WCC Championships, as the Waves rallied to edge Pacific by three strokes at Saticoy Country Club. That qualified Pepperdine for its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2011. The Waves have now made three consecutive NCAA Regional trips under Beard.
He was rewarded with WCC Coach of the Year honors in both 2016 and 2017.
"I am extremely excited to be returning to Pepperdine as head coach," said Beard at the time of his hiring in December 2012. "This program has great potential to be one of the best in the country. I'm looking forward to recruiting top-notch players, developing the talents of the current players and connecting with the program's former players. It's a privilege to coach at a university that has had such an impact on my life and the lives of many others. I truly believe in everything Pepperdine stands for. I am grateful for this opportunity at such a special place."
In five seasons, Beard's student-athletes have been an All-American once (Sahith Theegala in 2017), medalists three times, earned 13 All-WCC honors (eight on the first team) and made the WCC All-Academic squad five times (four on the first team).
Under Beard, the Waves have posted four of the top five 18-hole team scores in program history, and the program's best-ever 54-hole score.
"I am very excited that Michael Beard will be leading our men's golf program," Director of Athletics Steve Potts said at Beard's hiring. "He has an intense passion for Pepperdine golf and the ability to return our program to national prominence. We have high expectations for our men's golf team and Michael is committed to meeting those expectations. Most importantly, Michael is committed to the academic success of our student-athletes as well as the Christian mission of our institution."
Beard competed for the Waves between 1999 and 2002 (earning Golf Coaches Association of America All-American honorable mention status in 2000 and 2002). After graduating, he played professionally for several years before going into coaching. Beard joined Pepperdine for one season (2010-11) as assistant coach before departing to be an assistant at Arizona State, where he served for a year and a half.
During his one season as an assistant at Pepperdine, Beard helped the Waves qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championships, where they finished 25th. It was Pepperdine's first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2006. The squad also placed second at the West Coast Conference Championships and tied for fourth at the NCAA Southwest Regional.
Beard then left Pepperdine in August 2011 to join Tim Mickelson at Arizona State.
"From the moment I hired Michael I knew he would someday become a D-I head coach," Mickelson said. "He has the makeup to be a very successful head coach and I'm sure he will do just that at Pepperdine. While I am sad to see him go, I could not be happier for him and his family for the opportunity to return to Pepperdine where they have so many fond memories. We wish Michael all the success in the world in his next endeavor as head coach of Pepperdine."
As a player for the Waves, Beard was the medalist at the 2000 NCAA West Regional and the 2002 WCC Championships, and was a four-time All-WCC first teamer between 1999 and 2002.
He is well-represented on Pepperdine's career records lists. At the time of his graduation, he was the school record-holder in scoring average (72.72), below-par rounds (55), rounds played (162) and top-10 finishes (22). The first two have since been broken, but he still holds the mark for rounds played and is tied with two others for top-10 finishes.
He averaged 72.07 strokes per round as a 2001-02 senior, which at the time was also a school record and now stands ninth.
Pepperdine won WCC titles all four of his seasons and went to the NCAA Championships twice, including an eighth-place finish in 2002 where Beard tied for eighth in the individual standings.
After graduating from Pepperdine in 2002 with a degree in organizational communications, Beard turned professional and went on to play on the Gateway Tour (2003), Nationwide Tour (2004) and Canadian Tour (2005) as well as other various mini-tours. He played in two PGA Tour events: the 2004 Bob Hope Classic and 2005 Buick Open.
From 2008-10, Beard spent time teaching golf at Pronghorn Golf Club in Bend, Ore., and the Palms Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif.
He has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers in the game, including Butch Harmon, Phil Rodgers and Stan Utley.
He and his wife Susannah have two sons, Clark and Graham. Beard attended Palm Desert (Calif.) High School. His father, Frank, is a former PGA player.