No. 12 Trojans At ASU Thunderbird Invitational
April 1, 2010
The No. 12 USC men's golf team (as ranked by Golfweek.com), led by two-time All-American Matt Giles and an up-and-coming group of underclassmen spearheaded by sophomore Steve Lim and freshmen T.J. Vogel and Martin Trainer, marches through its spring slate at the 38th annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Friday and Saturday (April 2-3), at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz.
The 15-team field, competing at the same course that will host the 2010 Pac-10 Championships April 26-28, consists of host Arizona State, Arizona, BYU, California, Colorado State, UC Irvine, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Washington and Washington State.
USC has never won the event, though Scott Simpson won the individual title in 1975.
Live results of the event will be available at Golfstat.com.
USC, which lost three All-Americans from last season (Jamie Lovemark, Tim Sluiter and Tom Glissmeyer), competed in four team events in the fall season, finishing as high as a tie for fourth at The Prestige at PGA West. USC also tied for sixth at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle.
USC has shown steady improvement in the spring season. Troy opened the semester with a ninth-place finish at the Mauna Lani Invitational and followed it with a tie for fourth at its own USC Collegiate Invitational and a tie for third at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. Most recently, USC reached the final of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, where it fell to New Mexico in sudden death. USC defeated TCU, Stanford and Colorado State to reach the final
The Trojans have received contributions from everyone on the roster this year.
Freshman T.J. Vogel is USC's hottest golfer, posting back-to-back second place finishes in USC's last two stroke-play events. He finished alone in second at the USC Collegiate, where he carded a 9-under 204 (70-63-71). His second-round score was two off the tournament record and USC's lowest of the season. He followed it with a tie for second at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, where he finished 4-over 220 (71-72-77). Overall in six starts, has four top 30 finishes. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won three of his four matches. His stroke average of 73.22 leads the team.
Sophomore Steve Lim has been steady all season for the Trojans and boasts USC's second-best stroke average (73.62) among Troy's regulars. He also owns USC's third-highest individual finish this year, a tie for third at The Prestige at 4-under 212 (72-71-69). He also tied for 13th at the Gifford Collegiate (4-under 212, 70-69-73) and at the USC Collegiate (2-under 211, 69-73-69). In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won three of his four matches.
Martin Trainer has been a consistent performer as a freshman with four top 21 finishes. His stroke average of 73.86 is fourth best on the team. He tied for 12th at the Ping-Golfweek Preview, tied for 18th at The Prestige at 3-over 219 (74-71-74), tied for 19th at the Olympia Fields-Fighting Illini Invitational and tied for 21st at the Mauna Lani Invitational. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, Trainer won his first three matches and halved his final match (before falling in sudden death).
Giles tied for 10th to lead USC at the season-opening Olympia Fields, but has not cracked the top 10 since. Ranked among the nation's top golfers as a sophomore, Giles looks to get untracked this spring. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won two of four matches.
Junior reserve Daniel Park entered the spring with the squad's low stroke average and is currently second (73.42), thanks in part to a tie for 13th at The Prestige, where he registered a 2-over 218 (74-71-73). He also tied for 28th at the Gifford Collegiate at par 216 (70-75-71).
Junior Bo DeHuff has seen action in five events, highlighted by a tie for 26th at the Bill Cullum Invitational, where he led USC finishers.
Freshman Stewart Hagestad has seen action in four strokeplay events and has two top 30 finishes. At the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Hagestad turned in a season-best tie for 21st. At the USC Collegiate he finished with back-to-back 69s to tie for 43rd. He also played at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, winning once.
Freshman Sam Smith, in six outings, has one top 30 finish.