Trojans Lose Callaway Title Match In Sudden Death
March 23, 2010
USC's run to the championship match of the 2010 Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship ended with a tough loss in a sudden death playoff as USC fell to New Mexico on Tuesday (March 23) at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course at Dove Mountain in Tucson, Ariz.
The Trojans, seeded No. 8, knocked off No. 9 seed TCU, No. 1 seed Stanford and No. 12 seed Colorado State to reach the championship match against No. 15 seed New Mexico.
With the schools tied at two matches apiece, the championship ultimately came down to USC freshman Martin Trainer against the Lobos' John Catlin. Trainer, who had won his previous three matches in the tournament, trailed only for one early during the round and held a two-hole lead with two holes to play. But Catlin birdied both of the final two holes to tie the match before winning it for New Mexico on the first hole of sudden death.
The match play format this week mirrors the final three rounds of the NCAA Championships. It begins with 54 holes of stroke play with the top eight seeds advancing.
"It was certainly a heartbreaking loss," USC head coach Chris Zambri said, "but the week will pay huge dividends at the end of the year if we are lucky enough to reach the elite 8 at the national championships."