Waves’ golfer voted top

Pepperdine University sophomore Andrew Putnam has been named the West Coast Conference’s male Golfer of the Year by a vote of its coaches. Additionally, Putnam and redshirt freshman Josh Anderson were selected to the All-WCC first team, and junior Shane Mason earned honorable mention notice.

Putnam, a 2008 Golfweek All-American third team selection, finished his sophomore season in the top 20 at all 12 tournaments he has participated in this season, including seven top-10 results. He leads the squad with a 72.03 stroke average, which currently ranks fourth on Pepperdine’s single-season records list. Putnam is ranked 21 nationally by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin. He also made the All-WCC first team last year and was the 2008 WCC Freshman of the Year.

Anderson, who it is believed became the first current Pepperdine golfer to take part in a PGA Tour event when he participated in the 2009 Buick Invitational in February, is averaging 73.30 strokes, the second-best on the team.

Mason was a full-time member of the lineup as a freshman and has worked his way back into the lineup again as a junior. He is averaging 74.52 strokes per round, more than a stroke better than his previous season best.

The Waves look forward to NCAA Regional play on May 14 to 16.

-Olivia Damavandi

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