The Waves are ranked 29th by Golfweek to start the season.
Mitchell was a standout at Louisville and is a recent graduate.
The Waves are attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the 12th time.
Hira Naveed is the top-ranked junior golfer from Western Australia.
Kobori will be a freshman in fall 2016.
Kyle Terada of the West Coast Conference provided these photos of the Waves in action at Blackhawk Country Club.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves during the first round of action at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Photos by Jeff Golden, Kyle Terada/WCC and Roger Horne from the Waves' WCC title at Saticoy Country Club.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' first round at Palos Verdes Golf Club on 2/8/2015.
Jeff Golden's photos of the 2014 Bruin Wave Invitational, at which Pepperdine finished second.
During her tenure, Gibbs has taken a program that started out with limited resources and funding and turned it into one of national prominence. Through her tireless work ethic and diligent recruiting, Gibbs has had Pepperdine in contention for a national championship multiple times.
The last 18 seasons have established Pepperdine as one of the nation’s top golf programs. The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships 11 times, with eight top-10 finishes and four top-five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003.
Gibbs has led Pepperdine to West Coast Conference championships in 17 of the last 19 years, including a streak of 14 titles that ran from 2002-15. Over the course of her career, the Waves have won 49 team tournament titles and have had 47 individual medalist honors.
Gibbs was selected the 2004-05 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek, was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year on two occasions (1999 and 2003) and has been honored 12 times as the WCC’s Coach of the Year (1998, ‘99, ‘00, ‘02, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’12 and ‘15).
She has also been honored twice as Pepperdine’s Coach of the Year (1998-99 and 2002-03).
In addition to securing the use of four quality facilities for practice purposes, Gibbs has helped improve the on-campus practice facilities at Pepperdine and has stepped up the Waves’ recruiting efforts. In 2007, the program fundraising efforts during Gibbs’ tenure went over $1 million.
After serving on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee, Gibbs was selected to serve a four-year term (2003-07) as one of three coaches on the Division I NCAA Women’s Golf Committee. She also served on the USGA/NCAA Intercollegiate Committee.
Her players have earned All-American honors 28 times, and the Waves have had at least one All-American every season since 2000. Katherine Hull earned 2003 NCAA Division I Player of the Year honors by the National Golf Coaches Association as well as the Dinah Shore Award and finished as a three-time All-American. Lindsey Wright and Grace Na were both four-time All-Americans.
Nine of Gibbs’ Waves have gone on to play on the LPGA Tour: Hull, Na, Wright, Misun Cho, Tamie Durdin, Danielle Kang, Carolina Llano, Nadina Taylor and Taylore Karle.
The Waves finished in fifth place at their first-ever NCAA Championships in 1999, and that began a remarkable run. The Waves posted seven more top-10 finishes over the next 10 years, including second place (2003), third place (2006) and fourth place (2005). They had their best-ever end-of-season Golfweek rankings in 2003 (#2), 2005 (#4), 2006 (#5) and 2007 (#5).
Gibbs’ efforts nearly paid off with a national title in 2003 as she guided the Waves to their most successful season in school history. Pepperdine claimed a program-record five straight tournament titles at one point and finished second at the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. The Waves also achieved a program first that season as they gained a #1 national ranking during the spring in both ranking systems.
Pepperdine has finished a top-25 ranking in 15 of the last 18 years.
Prior to being hired as the head women’s golf coach at Pepperdine, Gibbs was a PGA teaching professional at the nearby Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles and competed on the Women’s Western Professional Golf Tour. In addition to playing and teaching, Gibbs authored and marketed ProTips, a quick reference guide for golfers.
Gibbs attended and played collegiate golf at Long Beach State on an athletic scholarship and graduated from Santa Monica College.
Gibbs and her husband, Chris, have a daughter, Catherine, and a son, Christopher, and reside in nearby Calabasas.