Men's Golf Has Dual vs. TCU, Then Heads to San Diego
The Waves are coming off a season-best third-place finish at the North Ranch Intercollegiate.
March 8, 2013
EVENT INFO -- The dual match against TCU will be held at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday (March 9) ... The San Diego Classic will be held at the par-72, 7,033-yard San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. Teams will play 36 holes with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Monday (March 11), and then the final 18 holes on Tuesday (March 12) will begin with tee times at 8 a.m. Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD -- Pepperdine is one of 14 teams in the field, along with co-hosts San Diego and San Diego State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal State San Marcos, Louisville, Missouri, Oregon State, Point Loma Nazarena, Texas-Arlington, TCU, Texas Tech and Utah.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP -- The student-athletes competing in both the TCU dual and the San Diego Classic will be junior Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Univ. of Redlands), sophomore Kevin DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS), redshirt freshman Nick Thomas (Westlake Village, Calif./Chaminade College Prep/California) and true freshmen Cody McManus (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) and Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS). Senior Johnny Mac Arthur (Newhall, Calif./Hart HS) will play in San Diego as an individual. Wedel is coming off his second top-five performance of the season with a tie for fourth at the North Ranch Intercollegiate. Sanders has the team's top stroke average at 74.00 over 18 rounds.
ROSTER -- Pepperdine saw a good deal of change in the offseason (and even midseason). Of Pepperdine's 11-man roster, four saw action for the Waves last season. The newcomers consist of four true freshmen, two transfers and one student-athlete who didn't compete last season. The breakdown is one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. The Waves added Cal transfer Nick Thomas at the start of the spring semester.
BEARD -- Former Pepperdine All-American Michael Beard was named the Waves' new head coach in December 2012. He has spent the previous season-and-a-half as an assistant at Arizona State. Beard competed for the Waves between 1999-2002 and was a GCAA All-American honorable mention selection in both 2000 and 2002. He was the medalist at the 2000 NCAA West Regional and the 2002 WCC Championships and was a four-time All-WCC first teamer. He still ranks first in total rounds played (1652) and fourth in career scoring average (72.72) at Pepperdine. After playing professionally for several years, he served as an assistant coach at Pepperdine for one season and helped the Waves to make the 2011 NCAA Championships.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY -- Thanks to its victory at the 1997 NCAA Championships, Pepperdine will always be known on a national level for its outstanding men's golf program. The Waves have made eight appearances at the NCAA Championships since 1993 and have made NCAA Regional berths in 19 of the last 21 years. In the West Coast Conference, they've won a league-best 17 championships since 1987 and have finished either first or second in 21 of the last 26 years.
FOLLOW ONLINE -- The squad has sites on both Facebook (Pepperdine Men's Golf) and Twitter (@PeppMensGolf). You can also follow the coaches on Twitter at @mbbeard11 and @CoachCarlSmith.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.