KURT SCHUETTE ON CHRIS BOTSFORD: "Chris is the unsung hero of the fall and our most improved player. He has done everything from the ground up and has battled his way into the starting lineup. He just keeps getting better and better and has really helped us."
FALL RESULTS: Chris Botsford enters the spring with a stroke average of 72.7--fourth-best on the squad ... The junior had his finest tournament as a Trojan at The Ridges Intercollegiate, where he shot a career-low 213 (inluding a personal-best round of 68) on his way to a 10th-place finish ... Finished in the top 35 in all four of his fall tournaments ... Coming into this season, his lowest round was 71, which he had shot just once, but so far he has equalled or bettered that mark five times already this fall.
Chris Botsford in the Fall of 2001: The Ridges 71-74-68--213 (10th) William Tucker 72-71-78--221 (25th tie) Red River Classic 71-75-70--216 (35th tie) Long Cove Invit. 77-74-72--223 (34th tie)
2000-01: Played in four tournaments as a sophomore ... Stroke average of 76.2 was seventh-best on the team ... Had bests of 225 at the Red River Classic and the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate ... Shot two rounds of 73 at the Red River to help boost the Trojans to the team championship ... Shot a season-low 71 at the Jerry Pate, where he had his highest finish of the year (44th tie).
1999-00: Played in one tournament as a walk-on freshman ... At the Western Intercollegiate, shot 229 (74-79-76) to finish in a tie for 89th.
HIGH SCHOOL: Chris prepped at San Marino High in San Marino, Calif., where he was a two-time Rio Hondo League First-Team selection ... He reached the CIF tournament as a 1999 senior.
LINKS: Born on July 14, 1981, Chris is a business major at USC.
His Most Thrilling Moment In Sports-- "Getting a double-eagle on a Par 5 at Palm Valley Country Club."
Person Most Influential In His Life--"My parents."
First Birdie--"10 years old."
First Hole-in-One--"13 years old."
Why He Chose To Attend USC -- "Tradition, great sports and academics. It's a great all-around school."