Pepperdine Pushes Ahead with Record-Setting Performance

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 10, 2023 - Pepperdine tallied an 18-hole team Western Intercollegiate record score of 22-under 328 on Tuesday, shattering North Carolina's previous record of 14-under 336 in 2018. The Waves' 36-hole score of 673 (-27) is a new Western Intercollegiate record and they are currently 23 shots better than their 4-under par winning score of 1,050 in 2021. The last three Western Intercollegiate champions have gone on to win the NCAA national championship (Stanford, 2019 / No tourney in 2020 due to Covid / Pepperdine, 2021 / Texas, 2022).

Pepperdine's Sam Choi followed up his opening round of 66 with a 65 today to post 131 (-9) to sit in a tie for first with Oregon’s Owen Avrit. Choi was followed by his teammate Derek Hitchner (68-64=132) who sits in third place alone. The Waves' Roberto Nieves matched the tournament 18-hole record with a 63 (-7) this afternoon, bouncing back after a 77 yesterday. Nieves matches Cal's Aaron Du's 63 in the opening round as Du is currently in third place at 7-under 133.

The second-best team score of the day was recorded by BYU, who shot a 10-under-par 340 to bounce back from its first-round 352 (+2) to move into third place with a two-round score of 692 (-8).

Individually, Avrit posted the only bogey-free round of the day, shooting a 4-under-par 66 for a total score of 131 (-9). After making all pars on the front nine, he was able to birdie both 10 and 11 before making four-straight pars on holes 12 through 15. He closed his round with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 before closing out with a par on 18.

Caden Fioroni of UNLV and Keanu Akina of BYU are tied for fourth after total scores of 134 (-6).

76th Western Intercollegiate presented by Titleist

Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz, Calif.
6,615 yards, par 70

April 11, 2023
Round 2:

Team scores

1. Pepperdine 673
2. Oregon 687
3. BYU 692
4. California 696
5. Stanford 698
6. UNLV 709
7. Colorado State 711
T8. San Diego State 712
T8. Arizona 712
T10. Southern California 715
T10. San Jose State 715
12. Hawaii 717
13. UC Irvine 718
14. Washington 721

Leading individuals

T1. Sam Choi, Pepperdine 131
T1. Owen Avrit, Oregon 131
3. Derek Hitchner, Pepperdine 132
T4. Caden Fioroni, UNLV 134
T4. Keanu Akina, BYU 134
T6. Darien Zhao, UC Irvine 135
T6. Yuki Moriyama, UNLV 135
T8. Luke Gifford, Pepperdine 136
T8. Sampson Zheng, California 136
T10. Davis Bryant, Colorado State 137
T10. Aaron Du, California 137
T10. Barclay Brown, Stanford 137