McCarthy Boosts Waves at Western Intercollegiate
The men's golf team posted a strong fourth-place finish against quality competition.
SANTA CRUZ, California – Freshman Joshua McCarthy posted a season-best tie for second place at the Western Intercollegiate, helping boost the Pepperdine men's golf team to a strong fourth-place finish on Sunday.
The Waves were tied for sixth after the first round and tied for seventh after the second, which was completed on Sunday morning before the third round could begin. A 3-over 353 was the best third round by any team in the field, moving the Waves up three spots in the final standings.
#29 Pepperdine finished with a two-day total of 1,078 strokes (361-364-353) at the play-six, count-five event being held at the par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club. The Waves only finished behind three top-10 teams in #1 USC, #7 Stanford and #9 Oregon, and posted victories over the likes of #17 Texas, #25 Arizona State, #32 San Diego State and #33 Washington. Pepperdine defeated five of the eight Pac-12 teams in the field.
McCarthy (Danville, Calif./De La Salle HS) wound up with a 1-under 209 (70-69-70). He finished four shots back of the medalist, USC’s Justin Suh. This was McCarthy’s first career top-10 result. Among five top-20 finishes, his previous best was a tie for 13th.
McCarthy’s final round saw him at 3-over after 11 holes but he recorded three birdies the rest of the way, including one on his final hole. He had 10 birdies for the tournament.
Sophomore Sahith Theegala (Chino Hills, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) improved his score each round and finished in a tie for 24th place with a 6-over 216 (73-72-71). He had a team-high 11 birdies for the tournament, including four in the final round.
Sophomore Roy Cootes (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) had one of the best rounds of the day, a 3-under 67. That moved him up into a tie for 30th place at 217 (76-74-67). He had a double-bogey on his first hole of the third round, but was flawless the rest of the day and had three birdies plus an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole.
Freshman Clay Feagler (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills HS) tied for 39th at 219 (72-74-73), senior Robbie Geibel (Pembroke Pines, Fla./American Heritage HS/Louisville) tied for 44th at 220 (73-75-72) and freshman Hunter Epson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson HS) tied for 74th at 227 (73-77-77). Geibel had three birdies and an eagle in his final round.
The Waves next compete at the West Coast Conference Championships, which will be hosted by BYU on April 20-22 at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.
Team Scores: 1. USC 347-348-355=1,050; 2. Stanford 351-347-370=1,068; 3. Oregon 353-363-354=1,070; 4. Pepperdine 361-364-353=1,078; 5. Washington 355-355-369=1,079; 6. Arizona 364-361-357=1,082; 7. UTEP 361-356-367=1,084; 8. Texas 362-364-359=1,085; 9. UCLA 361-367-358=1,086; 10. Arizona State 357-356-376=1,089; 11. UC Irvine 376-367-364=1,107; 12. San Diego State 370-364-375=1,109; 13. California 373-368-369=1,110; 14. San Jose State 370-388-376=1,134; 15. Hawai’I 389-373-390=1,152.
Top Individuals: 1. Justin Suh (USC) 68-67-70=205; T2. Joshua McCarthy (Pepperdine) 70-69-70=209; T2. Sean Crocker (USC) 72-70-67=209; 4. Maverick McNealy (Stanford) 68-68-74=210; T5. three players tied at 211.