Sectional Qualifying ended on Monday, and senior-to-be Andrew Putnam (University Place, Wash./Life Christian Academy) grabbed one of four spots at a tournament in Sacramento. He shot a 137 (72-65), which tied him with three others for the fourth and final berth. He was then victorious in a playoff.
Alums Jason Gore and Jason Allred qualified at tournaments in Rockville, Md., and Portland, Ore., respectively. Gore was co-medalist at his event, firing a 136 (72-64). Allred tied for second with a 137 (69-68).
Putnam will become the first Pepperdine men's golfer to play in one of the four Majors while still a student-athlete. Alex Coe played in the 2006 U.S. Open right after graduating. Josh Anderson, who will be a junior next season, became the first active Pepperdine student-athlete to play in a PGA event when he qualified for the 2009 Buick Invitational.
Putnam led the Waves in 2009-10 with a 72.59 stroke average over 39 rounds. He made both the PING All-West Region and All-West Coast Conference first team for the third straight year. He had eight top 20 finishes and five top 10 results, and was Pepperdine's top scorer at seven of 12 tournaments. He tied for fifth at the Fresno Lexus Classic, took sixth at The Prestige at PGA West, tied for eighth at the U.S. Intercollegiate, tied for ninth at the West Coast Conference Championships and was 10th at the Western Refining All-American Classic. He earned All-American honors as a freshman and sophomore, and was the 2009 WCC Player of the Year. Through three seasons, he has a career stroke average of 72.77, which ranks third all-time at Pepperdine.
Allred won the 2002 Byron Nelson Award and was a four-time All-WCC first team selection. Gore earned All-American honorable mention honors in 1997 and helped Pepperdine win the NCAA championship that year.