Pepperdine senior Michael Walton finished fifth in the final individual standings at three-under-par 281 after firing an impressive score of 68 in the final round.
“The whole week was magical,” Walton said. “Coach got the chicken pox, and Kevin (Marsh) just happened to be here. The circumstances were nothing like what we expected, but we are all great players and we knew we had to play our best golf in order to win. This is the best feeling you could ever imagine.”
Junior Andy Walker tied for 20th place at four-over-par 288, and indicated that the experience of competing at the NCAA Championships the previous year was a big advantage.
“We did not come here (to the NCAA Championships) to just experience playing again,” Walker said. “There is so much you can get caught up in here, and that is what happened to us last year — we forgot to play golf. The main thing is we had fun and the whole experience has been amazing.”
Adding to the story, Pepperdine had just barely advanced to the NCAA Championships. The Waves finished ninth at the NCAA West Regional, held May 15-17 at the Carleton Oaks Country Club in Santee, Calif., and edged Brigham Young by just one shot to secure the final berth.