Trojans Dismantle Georgia Tech, 19.5-4.5, To Win Cypress Point Classic|
Nov. 1, 2016
Senior Andrew Levitt and freshman Cheng Jin each won dual matches today by 4-0 scores while senior Rico Hoey and juniors Sean Crocker and Jonah Texeira each won 3.5-0.5 to lead the No. 12 USC men’s golf team to a 19.5-4.5 win over Georgia Tech in the championship match of Stanford’s Cypress Point Classic on Tuesday (Nov. 1) in Pebble Beach, Calif.
The Trojans defeated Alabama, 9.5-2-5, in Monday’s opening Four Ball match before edging UCLA on a tiebreaker in the semifinal Foursome match last night. That set up the match today against the Yellow Jackets, which turned out to be a one-sided affair as USC notched its first win of the season.
Levitt, who went second today, downed Georgia Tech’s Vince Whaley 4-0 while Jin, in the five spot, defeated Tyler Strafaci by the same score.
Texeira, who turned 21 today, started third and defeated Tyler Joiner, 3.5-0.5, while fellow junior Crocker took care of Chris Petefish, 3-5-0.5 as well, in the fourth spot of the lineup. Hoey finished the match with another 3.5-0.5 win over Luke Schniederjans. Sophomore Justin Suh, who started the match today for USC, was the only Trojan who didn’t win his match, but he did post a point in his 3-1 loss.
“It was a phenomenal event on one of the top 3 courses in the world. We were lucky to be able to compete out there,” USC Coach Chris Zambri said. “The guys played really well. The middle match was really tight with UCLA (yesterday) and we dodged a huge bullet there.
“But we played great today. It’s interesting when you play these type of events. Some play phenomenally and some not quite as well. It’s hard to know how it will turn out, but it seemed like we were playing really well.”
Today’s final match play round is one of a handful of times this year USC will get to experience the kind of scoring that now determines the NCAA champion.
“It’s absolutely helpful,” Zambri said. “It’s such a unique thing about our championship, but we hardly play in that format. It’s nice to get a chance to get into that format and get some reps. There’s a certain type of rhythm to match play and you only really learn it by playing it. It seems like we’re preparing for the ultimate goal and it should make us better.”