Double-eagle propels Pepperdine to WCC win
Pepperdine won its league-record 17th West Coast Conference Championship on Tuesday in wire-to-wire fashion.
Despite a closing 15-over 303, the Waves held on for a five-shot victory Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo, Calif. Pepperdine, No. 34 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 23-over 887.
No. 30 San Diego (296) was second at 892 and No. 94 Santa Clara (300) was third at 896.
It was the Waves’ first conference title since 2007.
“It wasn’t our best performance because we were a little sloppy but it was good enough to beat everybody else,” said Pepperdine coach John Geiberger. “I’m proud of our guys for hanging in there.”
Pepperdine led by six strokes after the first round and 11 after the second round.
Waves senior Carl Smith posted a career-best second-place performance. He closed with 73 and finished at 2-over 218. His round included a double-eagle on the 478-yard par-5 12th hole. Smith’s 8-iron shot landed on the fringe and rolled into the hole.
“I told him we’re going to put the ball from his double-eagle in the trophy room because it’s the first one I’ve seen at Pepperdine,” Geiberger said.
San Diego junior Gunner Wiebe won the individual title at even-par 216. It was his second straight victory, as he won the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., on April 6.
Pepperdine would have qualified for the NCAA postseason regardless of the outcome, but the Waves gain the WCC’s automatic bid with the victory. The regional fields will be announced on May 10 and NCAA regional play will be held May 20-22.