Oct. 1, 2009

 

Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics

MALIBU, Calif. - Thanks to victories at the first two tournaments of the season, the Pepperdine women's golf rose to #2 in the national rankings released by Golf World/NGCA today.

The Golf World/NGCA poll is conducted by a vote of a panel of coaches. In the computer-generated ranking systems, the Waves are #7 by Golfweek/Sagarin and #8 by Golfstat.

"It's nice that my fellow coaches think we're #2 after winning a couple of tournaments," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "But it's still early and we have to play in a lot of big tournaments against a lot of good teams. After our next tournament in Washington and then the NCAA Fall Preview, if we can keep doing well and maintain a top five ranking, that would be really big for us."

The Waves won the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Primm, Nev., by one stroke on Sept. 13-15, and then just a few days later captured the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., by seven strokes. Next up for the Waves is the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by Washington in Sammamish, Wash., on Oct. 5-7. The last fall tournament is the Landfall Tradition/NCAA Preview in Wilmington, N.C., on Oct. 23-25.

"Everything's been really positive this fall," Gibbs said. "Our practices have been outstanding. Everyone is in really good spirits and feels good about their games."

The Waves were last ranked as high as #2 in 2005-06, when they also began the season with two tournament victories.

In the preseason polls, Pepperdine was #12 by Golfweek and #13 by Golf World/NGCA.

The GolfWorld/NGCA's top 10 teams are as follows: Arizona State, Pepperdine, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, USC, UCLA, Florida, Denver and Alabama. The Sun Devils received 30 of the 35 possible first-place votes, while the Waves earned three.