Men's Golf Looks to Add to WCC-Leading Total of Conference Titles Next Week
Two veterans and three newcomers to the WCC Championships are in the lineup.
April 12, 2013
Michael Beard, who took over in midseason, has a pretty good postseason record at the WCC Championships, having been part of the winning side all four years as a player from 1999-2002, plus being the individual medalist in 2002.
EVENT INFO -- The tournament will be held at the par-72, 7,007/6,987-yard Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Teams will play 18 holes each day between Monday and Wednesday (April 15-17). Live scoring will be provided at www.golfstat.com.
FIELD -- Eight of the nine West Coast Conference schools sponsor men's golf. In addition to Pepperdine, the others are BYU, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP -- The Waves are sending three first-timers and two veterans to the WCC Championships. Junior Parker Page (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) has competed at the event twice previously, and sophomore Kevin DeHuff (Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) made his debut last year. Junior Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, Calif./New Community Jewish HS/Redlands) and true freshmen Frederick Wedel (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) and Cody McManus (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS), all newcomers, are taking part in their first WCC Championships.
SEASON STATS -- Sanders leads the team with a 73.96 stroke average. Among the others in the lineup, he's followed by Wedel (74.52), Page (74.56), DeHuff (74.79) and McManus (76.05). Sanders has led the team at four events while Wedel was the top individual at three.
WCC HISTORY -- No WCC program has had more success than the Waves, who have captured 17 conference titles, all between 1987 and 2010. Pepperdine has finished either first or second at the WCC Championships 21 times in the last 26 years. The Waves have also had 10 medalists at the event, but none since 2003 (Michael Putnam).
ACADEMICS -- Sophomore Kevin DeHuff was named to the WCC All-Academic first team.
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 (162) 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.