Anderson Wins NCAA West Regional With 14-Under 196

Josh Anderson

May 19, 2012

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Pepperdine senior Josh Anderson punched his ticket to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships in a big way, as he shot a 14-under 196 to win the NCAA West Regional by two strokes on Saturday.

Playing as an individual, he needed to be the low scorer, aside from the players on the five teams that qualified, to advance to the NCAA Championships. In what could have been his final tournament, Anderson (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) left no doubt by winning his third collegiate title.

Anderson's play - he carded a 67-65-64 - at the par-70 Stanford Golf Course was outstanding, as he shot multiple strokes below par each round and bettered his score each day. He beat out San Diego State's J.J. Spaun by two strokes. The next individual not on one of the five qualifying teams was four shots back.

Anderson's score of 14-under is the second-best 54-hole score in Pepperdine history. The 6-under he shot today tied a career high. Over the course of the three days he had two eagles and 19 birdies.

"It was great," Anderson said. "I played well, I putted awesome, it was a lot of fun."

Next up for Anderson is the NCAA Championships, set for May 29-31 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which is conveniently located just about 15 miles down Pacific Coast Highway from Pepperdine.

"It's a little bittersweet because the entire team isn't going, but it's going to be fun," Anderson said. "To be going to the NCAA Championships as a senior is good."

Anderson's final round consisted of an eagle on the par-4 15th hole, eight birdies, four bogeys and five pars.

Anderson is the second Wave to win an NCAA Regional. Michael Beard won the 2000 NCAA West Regional in Fresno, Calif. Anderson previously won the 2010 General Hackler Championship and the 2010 Husky Invitational. This is his third top-10 appearance at an NCAA Regional, and he had top-20 results at all four in his career. He will be making his second NCAA Championships appearance after tying for 106th place last year in Stillwater, Okla.

The season came to an end at Stanford for teammate Johnny Mac Arthur (Newall, Calif./Hart HS). The junior, who also qualified for the tournament as an individual, tied for 44th place at 215 (68-70-77). He had a total of six birdies over the three days.

The top five teams that advanced are California, San Diego State, UAB, Stanford and UCF.

This is the seventh time that Pepperdine will send an individual to the NCAA Championships. The last time was in 2008 (Eric Shriver).

Team Scores: 1. California 276-270-269=815; 2. San Diego State 282-265-274=821; 3. UAB 278-274-278=830; 4. Stanford 277-275-280=832; 5. UCF 278-279-278=835; 6. Tennessee 280-273-284=837; T7. Oregon State 287-269-283=839; T7. San Francisco 273-281-285=839; 9. Wichita State 278-285-279=842; 10. LSU 282-283-283=848; 11. San Jose State 287-280-287=854; 12. UC Davis 293-280-284=857; 13. Southeastern Louisiana 287-289-290=866.

Top Individuals: 1. * Josh Anderson (Pepperdine) 67-65-64=196; 2. J.J. Spaun (San Diego State) 70-63-65=198; 3. Brandon Hagy (California) 67-66-66=199; T4. Michael Kim (California) 67-64-69=200; T4. Rick Lamb (Tennessee) 69-65-66=200.

Other Pepperdine Scores: T44. * Johnny Mac Arthur 68-70-77=215.

* playing as individuals



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