Trojans seeking program's first national crown.
Trojans looking to advance to NCAA final field for 11th straight year.
Trojans own a conference-best 19 titles, looking for first since 2011.
Trojans set for 36 holes Saturday, 18 Sunday.
Trojans playing the first time this year as the No. 1 team.
THIS SEASON: Sophomore Ryan Slater returns in 2017 as an oft-used reserve who will challenge for a larger role in his second year with the team.
2016: Slater saw action in seven events as a 2016 freshman, starting once, and finished with a 74.73 stroke average in 22 rounds, highlighted by a tie for 13th at the Southwestern Jones Invitational at par 216 (70-73-73). His lone start came at the Pac-12 Championships, where he tied for 28th at 8-over 292 (70-69-75-78), one of three top 30 results on the season. The other came in a season-opening tie for 22nd at the Husky Invitational at 7-over 235 (75-81-79).
HIGH SCHOOL: Slater prepped at Monte Vista Christian High in Gilroy, Calif. He was eighth at the 2015 CIF Central Coast Section Championship as a senior, finishing at 1-over 72. At the 2015 NCGA Junior Championship, he tied for 11th ... He played at the 2014 California State Amateur, finished fifth at the 2014 NCGA Junior Championship and fourth in the 2014 JGANC/NCGA Players Championship.
PERSONAL: He is a business administration major ... He is the son of David and Sandy Slater ... He began hitting golf balls at the age of 2.