Anderson Earns Co-Medalist Honors at Hackler
Josh Anderson of the Pepperdine men's golf team came from five shots back with five holes to play to share medalist honors at the General Hackler Championship on Monday.
The Waves began the third and final round at the par-72 TPC of Myrtle Beach in second place, but slipped back two spots after a 303 gave them a total of 894 (299-292-303). East Tennessee State (883) won the team competition, host Coastal Carolina (886) was second and Augusta State (892) was third.
Anderson (Temecula, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) and East Tennessee State's Seamus Power, who were in the final group together, both ended with 1-under 215s. Anderson rallied to finish Monday with an even-par 72, which was enough to help him claim a share of his first collegiate title.
Anderson began the round in third place, three strokes behind Power. Through 13 holes, Anderson was 3-over for his round and trailed Power by five shots. But Anderson birdied the 14th and 15th, while Power had a double-bogey on the 15th. Anderson finally caught up to Power with a birdie on the 18th and final hole.
"This course tests all facets so you have to manage your game really well, and Josh did that," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "He's an aggressive player but managed it well, and that's the key here. If you can play well here, you can play well at the next level. It's a tough, tough course, but fair."
Said Anderson: "I played steady the whole way. I didn't know I had evened it up at the end. I just stayed with my game plan and executed. It's a tough golf course and you can't be too aggressive. To win a tournament, it's what I've been working toward and it feels good to have my hard work pay off. Hopefully I'll get another one soon."
The Waves had to head to the airport to catch their flight so a playoff was unable to be held.
Senior Carl Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) took 12th place for his best finish of the season. He ended with a 6-over 222 (71-73-78).
Junior Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) tied for 31st at 229 (78-75-76), senior Shane Mason (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) tied for 36th at 232 (79-76-77) and junior Austyn Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep) tied for 60th at 240 (87-72-81).
The Waves next take part in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, on April 5-6.
Team Results: 1. East Tennessee State 294-293-296=883; 2. Coastal Carolina 298-297-291=886; 3. Augusta State 310-283-299=892; 4. Pepperdine 299-292-303=894; 5. Wake Forest 296-298-301=895; 6. North Carolina State 306-291-309=906; 7. UNC Wilmington 312-295-300=907; 8. Duke 309-297-302=908; 9. Kent State 312-302-309=923; 9. Lamar 305-303-317=925; 11. Kennesaw State 315-304-311=930; 12. Minnesota 308-304-322=934.
Top Individuals: T1. Josh Anderson (Pepperdine) 71-72-72=215; T1. Seamus Power (East Tennessee State) 69-71-75=215; T3. Brendan Gielow (Wake Forest) 71-70-75=216; T3. Dan Obremski (Coastal Carolina) 71-73-72=216; 5. Lee Bedford (Wake Forest) 71-74-72=217.
Other Pepperdine Scores: 12. Carl Smith 71-73-78=222; T31. Andrew Putnam 78-75-76=229; T36. Shane Mason 79-76-77=232; T60. Austyn Karle 87-72-81=240.