Malibu, California – The 25 Pepperdine women’s golf team heads into its second tournament in the fall next week as Waves goes to Colorado for the Golfweek Red Sky Classic. Pepperdine’s season got off to a good start at the USF Intercollegiate two weeks ago and the Waves team will look to build on their success.event information – The tournament will take place at the 72,6305-yard Red Sky Golf Course, located in Walcott, Colorado. There will be one round each day between Monday and Wednesday (September 26-28). Direct registration will be available via Golfstat.
area – In addition to Pepperdine, the 20-team field also includes Central Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Eastern Tennessee, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Fresno State, Idaho, Incarnate Ward, Kennesaw State, Little Rock, Mercer, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Rutgers, Southern Illinois, Washington State and Xavier.
Pepperdine line – Waves lineup consists of a sophomore Lauren Gomez (Moretta, California), junior Kalia Romero (San Jose, California), junior Hugo the lion (Gold Coast, Australia), student Jenny Chu (Nanjing, China) and senior Reese Guzman (Kahului, Hawaii).
Date of Event – Pepperdine won this tournament four times (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) when it was known as the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The Waves scored four times in a row for second place before tying for seventh place last season (last year’s championship was cut short to two rounds due to bad weather).
Categories – Golfweek has Waves at #25 in its pre-season publication rankings list.
Season Highlights – The Waves placed fourth in the season-opening USF Intercollegiate, beating all four other WCC schools as well as two Pac-12 programs. Lauren Gomez tied for sixth and Kalia Romero Draw at eight.
existing – The Waves brought back five of the six players who witnessed last season’s NCAA regional events. This fall, Pepperdine has seven players (one senior, two freshmen, three sophomores, and one freshman). Two more freshmen will join the team in January. Late entrant Jenneth Wong is ranked #72 in WAGR and listed as one of the top 15 freshmen in the country by Golfweek.
2021-22 Recap – Pepperdine won its 19th WCC title in the league and then advanced to the 23rd consecutive NCAA Regional last season. The Waves outperformed the seed in Ann Arbor, coming in sixth after coming in at No. 10. Lauren Gomez He won the World Senior Player of the Year award, and the WCC New Player of the Year award after winning the league title. She joined the All-WCC First Team by Hugo the lion And the Kalia Romero. Laurie Gibbs He was named Associate Coach of the Year for the World Council of Churches.
Gibbs – Under the supervision of Laurie Gibbs, who is now in her 30th season as head coach, Pepperdine has earned a spot as one of the top golf programs in the country. Gibbs has been honored 14 times as WCC Coach of the Year, named Western Region Coach of the Year on two occasions and named National Coach of the Year 2004-05 by Golfweek magazine. Gibbs was inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame in December 2015. Waves has won 53 championships in her career.
golf history – Waves have qualified for 12 NCAA tournaments, scored eight of their top 10 games and four top-five performances, including a best second-place finish on the program in 2003. Waves won the West Coast Conference in 19 of 25 tournaments they’ve ever held , including a streak of 14 titles that ran from 2002 to 2015. 14 different players have received All-American awards for a total of 30 times. LPGA Tour players include Katherine (Hal) Kirk, Lindsey Wright, Tammy Durden, Nadina (Taylor) Light, Mason Choo, Carolina Lano, Danielle Kang, Taylor Carly 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 US Amateur Championships in 2010 and 2011 and was a US Olympian in 2021.
About Pepperdine University – Pepperdine boasts a unique athletic department that has achieved unprecedented success for a school of this size. Waves has won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports—one of only 20 schools to achieve this feat—and 10 overall. Among this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest number of undergraduate students, is the only school that does not have football and is the only university that has not joined a “major” conference. Surfs have won a total of 26 teams or individual national championships in their history. Pepperdine has also received the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on post-season success awarded to the best 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 sports facilities are regularly voted among the most beautiful in the country. Pepperdine, affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks number 55 overall on US News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges.