LINTON SO FAR THIS SEASON: Senior Ryan Linton played in three fall tournaments, highlighted by a tie for 33rd a the CordeValle Collegiate. He has improved each year at Troy and looks to make a big impact in his final season.
2007-2008: Linton, as a 2008 junior, saw action twice, tying for 58th at the CordeValle Collegiate and tying for 20th at the USC Collegiate, helping Troy to the team title.
2006-2007: As a 2007 sophomore, Linton played in four events, finishing with a stroke average of 74.08 ... Linton tied for 30th as an individual at the USC Collegiate Invitational (75-72-73, 220), tied for 69th at the Oregon Duck Invitational, tied for 14th at the ASU Thunderbird (70-73-70, 213) and tied for 19th at the Pac-10 Championships with a 289 (+1, 71-76-71-71). Each of his rounds of 71 at the Pac-10s counted toward USC's team totals.
2005-2006: Linton played in four tournaments as a 2006 freshman, his campaign highlighted by a tie for 16th (as an individual) at the Ashworth Invitational (218). His final-round 70 there was his season low ... His next-best finish was a tie for 42nd at the CordeValle Collegiate.
HIGH SCHOOL: Linton, Illinois' No. 1-ranked junior in 2003-04, won the Division 2-A high school boys golf title while attending Lake Forest (Ill.) High in 2004 and led his squad to the team title as well. Linton also recorded three second-place finishes in highly competitive AJGA events.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 22, 1986. An international relations major, he is the son of Tom and Karen Linton and has a sister, Renae.
Lowest 54-hole score 213