Men's Golf Finishes Second at WCC Championships

April 19, 2011

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HOLLISTER, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's golf team added to its total of top-two finishes at the West Coast Conference Championships with a second-place result on Tuesday. Senior Andrew Putnam led the Waves individually with his tie for fourth place.

Pepperdine, which has won a league-best 17 titles overall, has come in first or second in 21 of the last 25 tournaments. San Francisco won the 2011 title for its 11th overall, which ranks second behind the Waves.

Pepperdine, which was the defending champion, shot a 2-over 866 (288-287-291) to finish six strokes behind USF's 860. The Dons entered Tuesday's final round at the par-72 San Juan Oaks Golf Club with a 10-shot lead and the Waves could never quite catch up. Pepperdine did hold off 24th-ranked San Diego, as the Toreros placed third at 871.

"I told our guys, we played well enough to win, although we didn't play great," Pepperdine Coach John Geiberger said. "USF played exceptionally well and you can't control the opponent. We ham and egged our way through the first two rounds pretty well. Today we had to count a couple of 74s and 75s on what was a scoreable day, and that hurt us a little bit. As a team, we didn't play as well today as we did yesterday, and yesterday was tougher because of the wind."

Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy), who was named a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award on Monday, had a shot at becoming the Waves' first individual title since 2003 but a rough finish put him two strokes behind the winner with a 2-under 214 (68-72-74). He had four birdies on his first 12 holes today.

The finish was a career-best at the WCC Championships for Putnam. It was his 36th career top-20 result, tying him for first all-time at Pepperdine with his older brother, Michael Putnam. It was also his 21st career top-10 finish, putting him one shy of a tie for first place on the Waves' list.

Junior Josh Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) tied for 10th place with a 3-over 219 (72-72-75), his third top-10 finish in three trips to the WCC Championships and his fifth top-10 result this season. He had three birdies during his final round.

Freshman Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) had one of the best rounds of the entire tournament on Tuesday, as his 4-under 68 moved him up 13 spots in the standings and into a tie for 13th place at 220 (72-80-68). He had three birdies and a bogey on the front nine and did the same on the back nine.

Senior Andrew Widmar (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral HS) tied for 19th place at 223 (76-72-75) and sophomore Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS) took 23rd place at 224 (79-71-74).

The Waves added one more point to their ledger in the PCH Cup, a season-long competition between local rivals Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. One point was awarded to the school that finished higher at the WCC Championships, and LMU placed eighth. The Waves now lead the 2010-11 scoring, 11.0 to 6.0.

NCAA Regional pairings will be announced on May 9, with regional play to be held May 19-21 at six different sites.

"We'll take some time now to look back at the semester and see what we need to work on individually," Geiberger said. "We'll get better and move on to regionals. We'll need the majority of the team to play well there, and if we do that, then we'll advance to the NCAA Championships."

Team Scores: 1. San Francisco 281-284-295=860; 2. Pepperdine 288-287-291=866; 3. San Diego 288-297-286=871; 4. Saint Mary's 283-295-300=878; 5. Santa Clara 296-308-284=888; T6. Portland 307-294-299=900; T6. Gonzaga 300-297-303=900; 8. Loyola Marymount 303-303-296=902.

Top Individuals: **1. Taylor Travis (San Francisco) 68-69-75=212; 2. Alex Ching (San Diego) 75-70-67=212; 3. James Back (San Francisco) 71-73-69=213; T4. Travis Johnsen (Gonzaga) 73-69-72=214; T4. Andrew Putnam (Pepperdine) 68-72-74=214.

Other Pepperdine Scores: T10. Josh Anderson 72-72-75=219; T13. Parker Page 72-80-68=220; T19. Andrew Widmar 76-72-75=223; 23. Johnny Mac Arthur 79-71-74=224.

** won in a playoff



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