Women’s golf begins season at USF Intercollegiate

MALIBU, Calif. — The #25 Pepperdine Women’s Golf Team begins the 2022-23 season at USF Intercollegiate. All five West Coast Conference schools will be in attendance and will represent half the field. This is the first of three fall tournaments for the Waves, who have just won their 19th WCC title.

EVENT INFORMATION — The tournament will be played on the Olympic Club’s 5,976-yard par-71 Ocean Course, located in San Francisco, California. There will be two rounds on Monday and the last 18 holes will be played on Tuesday (September 12-13). Live scores will be available via Golfstat.

FIELD – In addition to Pepperdine, the 10-team field also includes host San Francisco, BYU, California, Colorado, Gonzaga, Oregon State, San Jose State, Santa Clara and UCLA.

PEPPERDINE RANGE — The Waves lineup consists of sophomores lauren gomez (Murrieta, CA), junior Kaleiya Romero (San Jose, CA), freshman jenny zhu (Nanjing, China), junior Leo Higo (Gold Coast, Australia) and senior Reese Guzman (Kahului, Hawaii).

HISTORY OF EVENTS — This is the first time the Waves will participate in this particular event, but it is one of two USF-hosted tournaments Pepperdine will be participating in this season. The Waves will also head to the Meadow Club for the Juli Inkster Invitational in the spring.

RANKINGS — Golfweek has the waves in 25th place in the publication’s pre-season rankings.

LISTING – The Waves are firing five of six players who saw NCAA regional action last season. This fall, Pepperdine has seven players (one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and one freshman). Two more freshmen will join the team in January. One of the latest registrants, Jeneath Wong, is ranked No. 76 in the WAGR and was listed as one of the top 15 freshmen in the country by Golfweek.

2021-22 SUMMARY — Pepperdine won his league-best 19th WCC title and then qualified for his 23rd consecutive NCAA Regional Championship last season. The Waves topped their top seed in Ann Arbor, finishing sixth after coming in at 10th place. lauren gomez earned WCC Player of the Year and WCC Freshman honors after winning the league title. She was joined in the All-WCC First Team by Leo Higo and Kaleiya Romero. Laurie Gibbs was named WCC Co-Coach of the Year.

GIBBS — Under the direction of Laurie Gibbs, now in his 30th season as head coach, Pepperdine has earned a place among the top golf programs in the country. Gibbs was honored as WCC Coach of the Year 14 times, was named Western Region Coach of the Year twice and was selected National Coach of the Year for 2004-05 by Golfweek magazine. Gibbs was inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame in December 2015. The Waves have won 53 tournaments in her career.

HISTORY OF GOLF — The Waves have qualified for 12 NCAA championships and recorded eight top-10 and four top-five finishes, including a program-best second-place finish in 2003. The Waves won the West Coast Conference in 19 of 25 tournaments. ever held, including a 14-title streak that spanned from 2002 to 2015. Fourteen different players have earned All-American honors a total of 30 times. Players on the LPGA Tour have included Katherine (Hull) Kirk, Lindsey Wright, Tamie Durdin, Nadina (Taylor) Light, Misun Cho, Carolina Llano, Danielle Kang, Taylore Karle and Grace Na. Hull was the 2003 National Player of the Year and was inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame in 2012. Kang won back-to-back U.S. Amateur Championships in 2010 and 2011 and was a U.S. Olympian in 2021.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY — Pepperdine has 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 only 20 schools to accomplish this feat – and 10 overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the lowest undergraduate enrollment, is the only school without football, and is the only university that has not been affiliated with a “major” conference. The Waves have won a total of 26 national team or individual championships in their history. Pepperdine has also won the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on playoff success that is given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2021-22). Located in scenic Malibu, California, the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the finest in the country. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks 49th in the list of America’s top colleges compiled by US News and World Report.

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