Pepperdine Waves men’s golfer Ian Maspat captured his first college victory late last month. The freshman won The Prestige’s individual tournament on Feb. 23.
Maspat, a San Diego native, beat out 61 other golfers at the par-72 Coral Mountain Golf Club in La Quinta by shooting 6-under 210 (68-74-68) to win by five strokes.
On the final day of the three-day tournament, Maspat had seven birdies, with four on the front nine, and then sunk two in his last three holes. The first-year Wave had 15 birdies in the tournament, which tied him for first in the field.
As a team, Pepperdine finished tied for 13th in the main competition with a three-day total of 899 (305-300-295) at the par-71 Greg Norman Course at PGA West. Vanderbilt won the 24-team tournament with a score of 868.
Pepperdine junior Dylan Menante finished tied for 12th place at 220 (74-73-73). Menante had a team-high 11 birdies in the event including four on the last day. Senior Joey Vrzich finished tied for 45th at 226 (77-77-72); junior William Mouw tied for 59th at 228 (76-77-75); senior Derek Hitchner tied for 69th at 229; and senior Joe Highsmith tied for 98th at 235.
At press time, Pepperdine was in the second day of competition at the Feb. 27 to March 1 Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas. They squad was in second place at the end of the first day. The Waves had an opening score of 15-under 273 at the par-72 Southern Highlands Golf Club.