Putnam Set for All-American Golf Tournament

Putnam Set for All-American Golf Tournament

Click on the above video player for a Pepperdine Pipeline feature on Andrew Putnam where he challenges Michael Phelps in "speed putting."

Nov. 20, 2009

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine golfer Andrew Putnam is set to play in the upcoming 35th Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas.

Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy), a junior, is making his second appearance at the event. The tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 23-24) at the par-71 El Paso Country Club.

"I had a great experience last year," Putnam said. "Everyone's an All-American so it's as good of a field as you're going to see."

The tournament field includes 32 players that earned All-American honors from the previous season. Last year, the event was the top-ranked tournament in the country for the fifth consecutive season, according to the Golfweek/Sagarain Performance index.

Putnam tied for 10th place last season at the 2008 All-America Classic with an even-par 213 and went on to be named the West Coast Conference's Player of the Year and a PING All-American honorable mention selection. This fall, he led the Waves with a 72.75 stroke average in four tournaments. His career stroke average of 72.85 ranks third all-time at Pepperdine, and he has finished in the top 20 in 23 of his 27 tournaments.

"Last year was kind of weird because I was sick and had a fever, as well as some back problems, but I still did well," he said. "Knowing the course is going to be important because they set the pins up in some crazy places. So having seen it last year, that's definitely going to help. I didn't know what to expect last year."

Although Putnam hasn't been in competition since the Waves' last tournament on October 26-27, he believes he will be ready to go on Sunday.

"It's tough not having played any competitive rounds since then, but I just have to do my best and I feel like I've prepared well," he said. "We play in a college-am the day before so that will help me get into a rhythm. My game is coming around, I've made some changes and I'm feeling better than what it was, so hopefully that will translate to some good tournaments."




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