Of the 34 golfers playing college golf this fall at the two schools, four are seniors. Compare that to 21 freshmen and sophomores and one word comes to mind: rebuilding.
But just because they are young, doesn't mean they won't be competitive.
With most of the same roster last year, Pepperdine's women won the West Coast Conference championship and the Northridge women improved dramatically after a difficult inaugural season the year before.
Youth doesn't translate to inexperience either. Of the 14 sophomores on the four teams, nine saw significant playing time as freshmen.
Freshmen are the big story in Malibu--some very good freshmen.
The arrivals of Jason Allred from Ashland, Ore., and Michael Beard from Palm Desert give the Waves two of the top freshmen in the nation.
Allred, 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, and Beard, who led Palm Desert High to the Southern Section and CIF-SCGA Championships last spring, are AJGA All-Americans.
Add them to a team that features sophomore Bobby Rodger, runner-up in the California Amateur Championship in June, and his twin brother Alex, who had a top-20 finish in the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur Championship in July, and the Waves have a solid corps of young guns.
"We see this year as a steppingstone to the future," Coach John Geiberger said. "We realize what we have here, now it's just a matter of getting to where we want to go."
The goal, of course, is an NCAA championship, something the Waves brought home in 1997.
Junior Charles Whiteley, the Waves' top returner with a 74.9 stroke average, is the only remaining member of that team, and he played only two rounds that season.
On paper, the Waves are a long way from that goal. Their streak of four consecutive West Coast Conference championships came to an end last year when Santa Clara won and they did not advance to the NCAA West Regional for the first time since 1991.
"It was tough," Geiberger said. "We made some mistakes throughout the year but we got a lot of national experience and that's going to pay dividends."
But with such a strong, young team--sophomore Kelly Craig, who helped Santa Margarita High win the 1997 CIF-SCGA championship and had a 75.87 average for Pepperdine last year also returns--look for the Waves to make some noise in the not too distant future.
Jenny Glasgow, Lisa Chang and Ramie Takahashi, the top three players from Pepperdine's West Coast Conference championship team, are back.
Glasgow, who led the team with a 76.68 stroke average last season, was the WCC individual champion and is coming off a tremendous summer. She set a course record by shooting two-under par 70 during the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Women's Amateur championship on Aug. 11.
The junior from Corona del Mar won the Bay Area Classic, finished second in the Colorado State Fall Classic and was 19th at the NCAA West Regional.
She helped the Waves win their first WCC team championship and earn a No. 38 ranking in the final MasterCard Collegiate Golf poll.
Chang, a sophomore, was second on the team with a 76.96 stroke average. As a freshman, she finished second in three tournaments, including the WCC championship. Takahashi averaged 79.64, and finished third at the WCC championship.
"They're the type of players that know their way around a course and they could go very low," Coach Laurie Gibbs said.
Newcomers Esther Chai and Tamie Durdin should help the Waves qualify for the NCAA championships for the first time.
Chai, from West Torrance High, shot 73 and tied for 10th at the CIF-SCGA high school championship last year.
Durdin comes from Australia, where she was the No. 3-ranked amateur in the country. She was one of three players to represent Australia in the 1996 Women's World Amateur Team Championship.
The Matadors have the talent to compete in the Big Sky Conference, the question is whether or not they can unleash that talent on a consistent basis.
Five times last season, the team posted rounds of 290 or better. But inevitably the bad round came back to bite the Matadors with five other rounds over 310.
"We were way too inconsistent," Coach Jim Bracken said. "We'd go three or four under one day then 15 or 20 over the next. We're looking for a big improvement there."
Anthony Marciano, a junior from Royal High, was an All-Big Sky selection with a 75.16 average. He shot a team season-low round of 68 during the final round of the Big Sky Conference Championship, and finished third.
Tim Wren, a junior from Santa Clara High, had a 76.28 average and two top-10 finishes.
Andy Sirivicha, a sophomore from Westlake High, played six tournaments last year, but had a team-best 31st place at the season-ending Brigham Young Cougar Classic. His 76.6 average was third best on the team.
Chuck Ruiz, a sophomore from Alemany High, and Nick Pikor, a junior from Granada Hills High, will be counted on for depth.
The only newcomer to the Matadors is freshman Rick Metz from Overton, Nev.
Top players from the region at other schools:
* Darren Angel, Arizona State, Sr.--Granada Hills High graduate is leader of strong Sun Devil team.
* Brandon DiTullio, UCLA, Sr.--Westlake High graduate is three-year letter-winner.
* Ross Fulgentis, UCLA, So.--Redshirt from Westlake High ready to crack the starting lineup.
* Linda Ishii, USC, Jr.--Westlake High graduate was No. 4 for the fifth-ranked Trojans.
* Jason Semelsberger, UCLA, Jr.--Hart High graduate is poised for a breakthrough college season after two successful summers.
* Charlie Smith, UCLA, Fr.--Left-hander from Hart, The Times' regional golfer of the year, might make the team as a walk-on.
* Russell Surber, Texas, Fr.--Top junior golfer in the region for the last two years.
* Alicia Um, UCLA, So.--Westlake High graduate was No. 2 player for Bruins as a freshman.
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Player Yr. Hometown Dominique Bleichenbacher Fr. Wollerau, Switzerland Esther Chai Fr. Torrance Lisa Chang So. Los Angeles Tamie Durdin So. N. Adelaide, Australia Jenny Glasgow Jr. Corona del Mar Ramie Takahashi So. Irvine
Player Yr. Hometown Jason Allred Fr. Michael Beard Fr. Palm Desert Mitchell Brown So. Woodland Hills Kelly Craig So. Orange Paul Danielson Sr. Tucson, Ariz. Randall Hunt So. Paramount Alex Rodger So. Redlands Bobby Rodger So. Redlands Brandon White Fr. Greeley, Colo. Charles Whiteley Jr. Long Beach
Cal State Northridge Women
Player Yr. Hometown Kelley Carlson Fr. Lindsay Amanda Carmichael So. Eagle Rock Kelly Foster Jr. Whitefish, Mont. Jara Goldstein So. Westlake Village Kim Kelly Jr. Granite Bay Stephanie Kelly Fr. Roseville Allyson Mallory So. San Diego Sarah Millington Sr. Palm Springs Bonnie Murphy Jr. Chicago Cheryl Musser Sr. West Hills Niccole Sansone So. Thousand Oaks
Cal State Northridge Men
Player Yr. Hometown Donny Lee Sr. Covina Anthony Marciano Jr. Simi Valley Rick Metz Fr. Overton, Nev. Nick Pikor Jr. Granada Hills Chuck Ruiz So. Sylmar Andy Sirivicha So. Moorpark Tim Wren Jr. Oxnard