Men's Golf
    Trojans Tie For 15th, Miss Cut at NCAA's

    Steve Lim shot a 2-under 69 in his final round as a Trojan.

    May 31, 2012

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    Senior Steve Lim fired a final-round 69 to close his career as a Trojan as No. 6 USC failed to qualify for match-play action on the last day of stroke play of the USC-hosted 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at the Riviera C.C. on Thursday (May 31).

    The thirty-team field was whittled to eight on Thursday, the top finishers beginning a three-day match-play tournament Friday to determine the NCAA champion.

    The Trojans began the day tied for eighth but couldn't generate any momentum up the leader board and finished tied for 15th at 28-over 880 (298-286-296).

    Alabama finished first in stroke play at 7-over 859 (285-287-287) while UCLA took second at 9-over 861 (289-287-285). Texas took third at 17-over 869 (290-295-284). Tied for fourth at 19-over 871 were California (295-289-287) and San Diego State (292-295-284). Washington finished sixth at 20-over 872 (296-286-290) followed by Oregon at 21-over 873 (291-294-288).

    The eighth and final match play spot will be deiced tomorrow morning in a playoff between Kent State (293-291-291) and Florida State (290-290-295) who finished play on Thursday tied at 23-over.

    "We had a tough day, but the tougher the course, the better we've got to be," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "In the fairways, on the greens, around the hole. In the end, we just need to be better. The guys had a good year and we accomplished some good things, but we need to be better.



    "Steve looked great today. I walked with him all three days this tournament. He was almost flawless today."

    USC, making its sixth straight NCAA finals appearances (the third-longest active streak) finished the final around at 12-over. Starting on the 10th hole, the Trojans got into early trouble and were never able to find their way back into the hunt.

    Lim's effort highlighted the day as the senior's final-round effort moved him into a tie for 14th at 2-over 215 (74-72-69). Starting on the 10th hole, he birdied three holes today against one bogey, finishing his career with a birdie on 9.

    Junior Martin Trainer tied for 54th at 8-over 221 (73-74-74), sophomore Jeffrey Kang tied for 69th at 10-over 223 (75-71-77). Junior Sam Smith tied for 77th at 11-over 224 (79-69-76) and freshman Anthony Paolucci tied for 140th at 20-over 233 (76-80-77).