Pepperdine Sweeps the Western Intercollegiate Again

Santa Cruz, Calif. (April  12, 2023) -- Pepperdine won its second Western Intercollegiate title in three years on Wednesday, holding off Oregon by nine strokes with a 16-under-par 1,034, at Pasatiempo Golf Club. The Waves’ graduate student Derek Hitchner also became the third-straight Pepperdine player to win individual medalist honors and take home the Blue Jacket.

Pepperdine started the day with a 14-stroke lead over the Ducks after shooting a single-round record 328 (-22) on Tuesday. Conditions were tougher in the final round with swirling winds, but the Waves were able to hold off a push from Oregon to take the team title.

Hitchner posted a winning score of 203 (-7) to follow in the footsteps of Dylan Menante (2022) and Joe Highsmith (2021) as individual champions from Pepperdine. Hitchner entered the final round alone in third place, just one stroke back of leaders Sam Choi (Pepperdine) and Owen Avrit (Oregon).

With Hitchner in the clubhouse at seven-under, Avrit came to the 18th hole one stroke back. The senior Duck had a birdie putt to force a playoff, but he was unable to convert, giving Hitchner the individual title.

Jackson Rivera of Southern California recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole from 177 yards.

Yuki Moriyama finished tied for second as the only player in the field to shoot under par in all three rounds (68+67+69=204).

The winner of the last three Western Intercollegiate tournaments have gone on to win the NCAA National Championship (Stanford – 2019, Pepperdine – 2021, Texas – 2022).

76th Western Intercollegiate presented by Titleist
Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Par 70, 6,615 yards

Final 54-hole results

Team scoring
Pepperdine 1,034
Oregon 1,043
California 1,050
Stanford 1,068
Brigham Young 1,069
Colorado State 1,069
UNLV 1,076
San Diego State 1,078
Arizona 1,080
San José State 1,090
Southern California 1,092
Washington 1,093
Hawai‘i 1,096
UC Irvine 1,100


Leading individuals
Derek Hitchner, Pepperdine 68-64-71-203 (-7)
Yuki Moriyama, UNLV 68-67-69-204 (-6)
Owen Avrit, Oregon 65-66-73-204 (-6)
Sam Choi, Pepperdine 66-65-74-205 (-5)
Sampson Zheng 66-70-70-206 (-4)
Christoph Bleier, Colorado State 70-69-69-208 (-2)
Caden Fioroni, UNLV 68-66-74-208 (-2)
Darien Zhao, UC Irvine 67-68-73-208 (-2)
Davis Bryant, Colorado State 67-70-71-208 (-2)
Gregory Solhaug, Oregon 64-75-69-208 (-2)
Aaron Du, California 63-74-71-208 (-2)
Keanu Akina, Brigham Young 66-68-74-208 (-2)

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