Four-day stroke play kicks off Friday at Eugene (Ore.) C.C.
WOOD SO FAR THIS SEASON: Senior Taylor Wood was USC's most consistent performer in the fall, averaging a team-best 72.61 strokes per round ... He posted two top 10 finishes, a third at the Inverness Intercollegiate (216) a tie for seventh at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge (214).
WOOD IN THE FALL OF 2005:
Inverness Intercollegiate 69-73-74 (216) 3rd
Ping/Golfweek Preview 76-75-71 (222) 32nd tie
Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge 73-69-72 (214) 7th tie
Islesworth-UCF Coll. Inv. 73-73-79 (225) 26th tie
CordeValle Collegiate 69-73-75 (217) 18th tie
2004-2005: Wood led the Trojans with five top 10 finishes in 12 tournaments and a 72.54 strokes average as a junior ... His tie for second with a 209 at the U.S. International by the Maple Fund was his highest finish of the season ... Wood was also third at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge (144), sixth at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate (200), seventh at the NCAA Championships (283) and 10th at the Opus Husky Invitational (216) ... He turned in seven rounds under 70, including a season-best 65 in the first round at Waikoloa ...
2003-2004: As a sophomore, Wood was fifth on the team with a stroke average of 73.77 ... He played in 12 tournaments, finishing in the top 25 four times ... He co-led the Trojans at The Nelson Intercollegiate, shooting 212 to tie for 18th ... He again led Troy at the NCAA West Regionals, shooting 219 to tie for 21st ... Shot a low round of 66 at the Arizona Collegiate ... Tied for 21st at the Pac-10 Championships (300).
2002-2003: Wood played in eight tournaments as a freshman for USC ... Didn't play in his first tournament until late October, but ended up leading the team in stroke average at 73.32 ... For his efforts, he was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... Led USC in five of its last seven tournaments ... Tallied four top 15 finishes on the season, including a tie for fifth at the National Invitational and a tie for seventh at the Thunderbird Invitational ... Shot a season-low round of 66 at the Thunderbird ... Led USC at the NCAA Championships, shooting 303 to tie for 35th.
HIGH SCHOOL: Wood was a 2002 AJGA All-American. He attended Santa Margarita (Cailf.) High ... He was medalist at the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Glendora Country Club in June, 2001, where he shot a course record 62 in the first round ... He had seven top 10 finishes on the AJGA national junior tour and six Southern California PGA junior tour wins, including a second-place finish at the prestigious Rolex Tournament of Champions in July of 2002.
PERSONAL: Born on October 5, 1983, Wood is a public policy management and planning major at USC.
CAREER NOTES: Lowest 54-Hole Score: 200, Waikoloa Intercollegiate, 2005 Lowest Round: 65, First round of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate, 2005 Top 10 Finishes: 9, National Invitational, 2003 (5th tie)
Thunderbird Invitational, 2003 (7th tie)
Opus Husky Invitational, 2004 (10th)
Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, 2004 (3rd)
Waikoloa Intercollegiate, 2005 (6th)
U.S. Intl. by the Maple Fund, 2005 (2nd tie)
NCAA Championships, 2005 (7th)
Inverness Intercollegiate, 2005 (3rd)
Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, 2005 (7th tie) Highest Finish: 2nd tie, U.S. Intl. by the Maple Fund, 2005 Rounds in 60s: 12