USC Tied For 22nd After NCAA First Round
May 29, 2012
Junior Martin Trainer's 2-over 73 led No. 6 USC during a tough first round of the USC-hosted 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at the Riviera C.C. on Tuesday (May 29).
Thirty teams and six individuals began play at on the par 71, 7,292-yard course for the first of three days of stroke play. The top-eight teams after 54 holes will advance to a three-day match play tournament for the NCAA title beginning Friday. Individual medalist honors will go to the top finisher after the initial 54 holes.
USC, making its sixth straight NCAA finals appearances (the third-longest active streak) has some ground to make up after a 14-over 298 first round that left it tied for 22nd, 17 strokes out of first and eight back of the five-team contingent tied for sixth. Alabama led all schools at 1-over 285 while Florida and Auburn tied for second (288).
Trainer is tied for 46th at 2-over 73 while senior Steve Lim is tied for 62nd at 2-over 74. Trainer opened with a birdie on 1 and closed with birdies on 15 and 17. Lim began his day with an eagle on the par 5 first hole and also birdied 8 during his 3-over 74. UCLA sophomore Anton Arboleda led all individuals at 4-under 67.
Action resumes Wednesday as Texas, Alabama and California tee-off at 7 a.m. PT. Stroke play finishes Thursday. USC, UCLA and Auburn began play at 7:20 a.m. off the 10th tee.