OLM athletes place high at track & field championships

Michael Putnam

Our Lady of Malibu seventh-grader Chase Bosworth placed second last week in the girls shot put at the Greater Los Angeles CYO Championships in Gardena with a throw of 35 feet, 6 inches. Sixth-grader Julia Townsend placed fifth in the girls long jump with a jump of 12 feet, 3 inches. Sixth-grader Dedrick McCord placed eighth in the boys shot put with a throw of 28 feet, 1 inch.

Wave golfer nominated for award

Michael Putnam

Pepperdine senior golfer Michael Putnam was named as one of five finalists for the 2005 Byron Nelson Award. Candidates for the Byron Nelson Award must be graduating seniors. The selection committee will consider a nominee’s academic record, golf skills and his character and integrity while in college.

Putnam, who is from Tacoma, Wash., is Pepperdine’s leader in career stroke average and is on pace to break his own single-season record of 71.00. A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award and a member of the 2005 U.S. Palmer Cup, Putnam was recently named to the All-West Coast Conference team. Putnam has earned All-America honors twice in his career, as well as WCC Golfer of the Year and has been All-WCC three times.

Pepperdine women’s golf headed to national championships

The Pepperdine University women’s golf team qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing fourth in the East Regional Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. The Waves’ fourth-place finish tied for the second-highest in school history, matching the 2003 team’s showing at the NCAA West Regional. The program’s best-ever finish in regional competition came in 2002 when Pepperdine tied for first at the West Regional.

Pepperdine finished the 54-hole tournament with a 34-over par total of 874. The team was led by junior All-American Carolina Llano, who tied for fifth place in the individual competition with a 3-over total of 213.

The championships will take place from May 17 to May 20 in Sunriver, Ore.

Waves’ tennis players to compete in post-season

Pepperdine University juniors Pedro Rico and Scott Doerner have been selected to compete in the NCAA men’s singles tennis tournament. The two will also participate in the doubles tournament. The singles and doubles competitions will take place May 25-30 in College Station, Texas.

Pepperdine is hosting the first two rounds of the team tournament with a four-team regional championship Saturday and Sunday at the Ralphs-Strauss Tennis Center. The Waves kick off their postseason run against UC Irvine on Saturday.

Pepperdine freshman Bianca Dulgheru has been selected to compete in the women’s tennis tournament. She was recently named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. The NCAA singles and doubles tournaments will take place May 23-28 in Athens, Ga.

The Waves will participate in the team tournament in Atlanta on Friday against Mississippi State.

Team Tidy wins again

Team Tidy, the AYSO U-10 boys squad, won the Strawberry Cup in Camarillo this past weekend. On day one, no goals were scored on the team due to the powerful defense of Brennan Cassone, Zack Le, Luke Campbell and Weston Massett held tough the goal work of Jake Wexler, Apollo Loomis and Jones Tidy. Team Tidy won against Ventura, 2 – 0, and Newbury Park “B,” 6 – 0, with London Walley scoring a “hat trick.”

On day two of the tournament, Pasadena proved a tough competitor and Team Tidy lost 2-0. The final game against Santa Barbara was hard fought with Lucius Cary scoring a goal to bring it into overtime. Adam Fote scored the winning goal in the extra period with a one-touch shot to the upper right corner of the goal.

The Team Tidy players are Jake Wexler, Lucius Cary, Brennan Cassone, Jones Tidy, Adam Fote, Apollo Loomis, Zack Le, Weston Massett, Luke Campbell, London Walley.