Women's Golf Plays at Stanford This Weekend
UPCOMING Â The #13 Pepperdine women’s golf team plays its second of three fall tournaments at the highly competitive Stanford Intercollegiate this weekend. A single round will be played each day between Friday and Sunday (Oct. 17-19).
COURSE Â The tournament will be held at the par-71, 6,117-yard Stanford Golf Course, located in Palo Alto, Calif.
FIELD Â There are 16 teams participating in this event: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Duke, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Washington. Five of the top 10 ranked teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin index will be taking part.
PEPPERDINE LINEUP Â The Waves will send senior Jayvie Agojo, sophomore Taylore Karle and freshmen Kaitlin Drolson, Lisa McCloskey and Jessica Wallace.
RANKINGS Â Pepperdine is tied for #13 in the Golf World/NGCA poll, is ranked #14 in the Golfweek/Sagarin index and is #17 by Golfstat.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY Â The Waves have competed at the Stanford Intercollegiate in eight of the last 10 years. Last season, Pepperdine placed eighth, and Taylore Karle was the top finisher with a tie for 29th. The Waves’ best team finish is second, achieved in both 1999 and 2004.
ON THE WEB Â The tournament will feature live scoring via www.golfstat.com.
LAST TOURNAMENT Â The Waves had an excellent showing at the season-opening Dick McGuire Invitational, hosted by New Mexico, and placed second after shooting an even-par 876. A very consistent effort saw Pepperdine shoot 292-293-291. All five players in the lineup finished in the top 20, led by Jayvie Agojo’s third-place result with a 3-under 216.
2008-09 ROSTER Â An extremely young Â but talented Â roster features one senior, two sophomores and four freshmen (a fifth freshman will join the team in the spring). Two of the three veterans have won All-American honors. After the first three freshmen signed letters-of-intent in fall 2007, Golfweek called the group the nation’s fourth-best recruiting class, but with the addition of two more top freshmen in the spring, it’s arguably the best collection of newcomers in the country.
PRESEASON HONORS Â Taylore Karle was named a preseason All-American second teamer by Golfweek and was ranked #10 on Golf World’s "Players to Watch" list. On Golfweek’s "Top Frosh to Watch," Ayaka Kaneko was #6, Lisa McCloskey was #10 and Jessica Wallace was among the next 15 players listed. Kaneko was also listed among the nation’s top 50 players by Golf World.
AGOJO Â Senior Jayvie Agojo (Bangkal, Philippines) is averaging a team-best 72.00 strokes in three rounds ... Placed third at the season-opening McGuire Invitational with a 3-under 216 ... A three-time All-WCC first team selection ... Entered her senior year with a career stroke average of 75.84, eighth all-time at Pepperdine ... As a junior, averaged 76.63 strokes ... Won the 2006 WCC Championships as a freshman and was named to the 2007 Golfweek All-American honorable mention list.
DROLSON Â Freshman Kaitlin Drolson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is averaging 74.33 strokes in three rounds ... Tied for 16th at the McGuire Invitational in her collegiate debut ... Was #27 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings at the time of her letter-of-intent signing in April 2008 ... Was named the 2006 San Diego Junior Golf Association’s Player of the Year ... Played in the Women’s U.S. Amateur in 2005, 2007 and 2008 and in the Girls’ U.S. Junior Amateur in 2004 and 2005 ... A three-time All-CIF San Diego Section honoree at Torrey Pines.
KARLE Â Sophomore Taylore Karle (Scottsdale, Ariz./Laurel Springs Academy) is averaging 74.67 strokes in three rounds ... Tied for 18th at the McGuire Invitational ... Had one of the top seasons in school history as a freshman ... Earned All-American second team honors from both Golfweek and the NGCA ... Made the All-WCC first team and was named WCC Freshman of the Year ... Ended up ranked #15 nationally by Golfstat ... Team-best 73.37 stroke average was sixth-best in school single-season history ... The #1 recruit in the nation coming out of high school.
McCLOSKEY Â Freshman Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery HS) is averaging 73.67 strokes in three rounds ... Tied for 10th at the McGuire Invitational in her collegiate debut ... A three-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American (2006 first team, 2005 and 2007 honorable mention) ... Was #9 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings at the time of her letter-of-intent signing in April 2008 and attained her best ranking of #11 in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings ... Was the medalist during stroke play at the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship before advancing to the quarterfinals.
WALLACE Â Freshman Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C./Walnut Grove Secondary) is averaging 74.33 strokes in three rounds ... Tied for 16th at the McGuire Invitational in her collegiate debut ... Earned 2007 AJGA Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention honors ... Her top achievement in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings was #10 and she was #15 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings at the time of her letter-of-intent signing in November 2007.
LAURIE GIBBS Â Recognized by her peers as one of the top collegiate women’s golf coaches in the country, Laurie Gibbs begins her 16th season as head coach of the Pepperdine women’s golf team. Under Gibbs, the Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships eight times, with seven top 10 finishes and four top five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. Her players have earned All-American honors 17 times. Gibbs has led Pepperdine to West Coast Conference championships in 10 of the last 11 years, including a current streak of seven titles that began in 2002. Gibbs has been honored nine times as the WCC’s Coach of the Year, was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year on two occasions and was selected the 2004-05 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek magazine.
2007-08 RECAP Â The Waves won the WCC championship for the 10th time, but a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional denied Pepperdine a ninth NCAA Championships appearance in the last 10 years. Taylore Karle was an All-American, while she, Jayvie Agojo, Leanne Bowditch and Stephanie Gelleni made the All-WCC first team. Laurie Gibbs was named WCC Coach of the Year.
PEPPERDINE GOLF HISTORY Â The last decade has established Pepperdine as one of the nation’s top golf programs. The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships eight times, with seven top 10 finishes and four top five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. The Waves have won West Coast Conference championships in 10 of the last 11 years, including a current streak of seven titles that began in 2002.
UP NEXT Â The Waves’ final fall tournament is the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Oct. 27-29.