Mar. 29, 1997
USC Men's Golf Team Hosts the Cleveland Golf Southwestern Intercollegiate Invitational
LOS ANGELES -- The red-hot USC men's golf team, which has won two of its last four tournaments and finished second the other two times, hosts the Cleveland Golf Southwestern Intercollegiate Invitational on April 7-8 at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif. Besides USC, which is currently ranked at No. 3 nationally, some of the featured teams in the tournament are No. 7 New Mexico, No. 15 Brigham Young, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 26 Oregon and defending NCAA champion Arizona State (No. 9). Filling out the 12-team field are Oklahoma, California, Fresno State, Oregon State, Pepperdine and UCLA. Play begins with 36 holes on Monday, April 7, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and concludes on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 a.m. with the final round. A College-Am event is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, starting at noon. The public can watch all three days of competition at no charge. One of the premier tournaments in collegiate golf, the Southwestern Intercollegiate is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The prestigious North Ranch Country Club, which hosted the 1988 NCAA Championship, is a par-71 course with a course rating of 73.0. Tournament director C.W. Johnson oversees the event, which has seen the participation of some of the biggest names in golf, including Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, John Daly, Billy Mayfair, Willie Wood, Andrew Magee, Dan Forsman, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Bob Tway, Duffy Waldorf, Scott Verplank, Brian Henninger and last year's individual champion, Tiger Woods.
USC's "Triple Threat" All-American lineup of Brian Hull, Roger Tambellini and Chad Wright (who has taken medalist honors in Troy's last two tournaments) leads an excellent field which features some of the top players in the nation, including Chris Hanell of Arizona State, Doug La Belle and Rob McMillan of New Mexico, Andy Miller and Joe Summerhays of BYU and Tag Ridings of Arkansas.