No. 21 USC Sets Sights On Pac-10s|
April 26, 2011
The No. 21 USC men's golf team, led by 2010 Freshman All-American T.J. Vogel and 2010 All-Pac-10 second teamer junior Steve Lim, has posted three straight top 3 finishes as it prepares for the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, Friday through Sunday (April 29-May 1), at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C.
Teams will play 36 holes on Friday and 18 each on Saturday and Sunday. Action begins at 8 a.m. on Friday and Sunday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The Stanford G.C. plays to a par 70 and 6,742 yards. USC will open play with Oregon State and California on Friday, teeing off in the first group off the first tee at 8 a.m. Pairings will be re-shuffled for the final two rounds.
USC'S HISTORY AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Within the USC-UCLA Crosstown Gauntlet competition, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports, points for men's golf are awarded to the highest finisher between the rivals at the Pac-10 Championships. Five points are up for grabs for men's golf. The winning school needs 57.5 points to clinch, something the Trojans have already done prior to this weekend's competition for their fourth consecutive Gauntlet win. USC already has 62.5 points with many events left.
The Trojans, who feature one junior and a mix of sophomores and freshmen in the regular starting lineup under fifth-year head coach Chris Zambri, claimed their first team win since 2009 when they posted a 14-stroke victory at the 2011 ASU Thunderbird Invitational two tournaments ago. Four Trojans finished in the top seven, led by freshman Jeffrey Kang, who was third.
The victory is part of a three-event hot streak for the Trojans. Prior to the win in Tempe was USC's third-place finish at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play. Following USC's victory at ASU was a second-place finish at the Western Intercollegiate.
Junior Steve Lim is Troy's active leader in rounds in the 60s (18) and currently leads the squad in stroke average (72.71). In three fall events, his best effort was a sixth place finish at 3-under 213 (69-69-75) at the U.S. Collegiate Championship. He tied for fourth at the ASU Thunderbird with a 4-under 209 (70-68-71), his top result of the spring. He opened the spring slate with a tie for 22nd at the Amer Ari Invitational at 4-under 212 (70-73-69), tied for 27th at the USC Collegiate Invitational at 5-over 218 (69-81-68) and tied for 17th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters at 6-over 22 (75-74-73). At the Callaway Collegiate Match Play, he finished 3-1.
Sophomore T.J. Vogel, who led USC in stroke average most of the year before recently slipping to second (72.91), finished the fall with a pair of top 5 finishes, tying for fourth at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at 5-over 215 (68-74-73) and taking second at the U.S. Collegiate Championships at 7-under 209 (74-69-66). He also tied for 20th at the Gifford Intercollegiate. He has cooled off in the spring slate, not finishing better than a tie for 38th at the Amer Ari Invitational. He has 10 career rounds in the 60s.
Sophomore Martin Trainer has four top 10 finishes this year ,including in the last two events, and is second on the team with six rounds in the 60s. The two back-to-back performances included a tie for fourth at the ASU Thunderbird, where he carded a 4-under 209 (74-66-69), and a tie for fifth at the Western Intercollegiate at even 210 (70-69-71). His 66 at the Thunderbird was a season best. He also had two top 10 results in the fall, a tie for seventh at the Gifford Intercollegiate at 2-over 215 (73-70-72) and a tie for eighth at the Bill Cullum Invitational at even 216 (71-71-74). He also tied for 21st at the Del Walker Invitational at 8-over 218 (69-75-75) and tied for 26th at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at 14-over 224 (74-78-72). At the Callaway Collegiate Match Play, he finished 3-1. He has five rounds in the 60s this year.
Freshman Jeffrey Kang notched a career-best third at the ASU Thunderbird, firing a 5-under 209 (71-69-68) for his best spring result. That result followed up his strong showing at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play, where he went 4-0. His previous best USC strokeplay finish was a tie for fourth at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at 5-over 215 (73-71-71). He also tied for 23rd at the Western Intercollegiate, tied for 33rd at the U.S. Collegiate Championship and tied for 36th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. He is tied for first on the team with six rounds in the 60s.
Sophomore Sam Smith has been one of USC's top golfers all spring, posting a pair of top 10 finishes and five in the top 30. He tied for seventh at the ASU Thunderbird at 2-under 211 (72-68-71) and tied for fourth at the Anteater Invitational at 2-under 214 (71-73-70). He also tied for 13th at the Western Intercollegiate at 4-over 214 (70-71-73), tied for 17th at the Amer Ari Invitational at 5-under 211 (66-69-76) and tied for 29th at the USC Collegiate Invitational at 6-over 219 (72-76-71). He competed in two fall events, tying for 62nd at the U.S. Collegiate Championship and finishing 73rd at the PING-Golfweek Fall Preview.
Freshman Ramsey Sahyoun has played in seven events, his best finish a tie for 18th at the Gifford Intercollegiate at 7-over 229 (79-69-72). He also tied for 29th at the USC Collegiate Invitational at 6-over 219 (71-77-71) and tied for 40th at the ASU Thunderbird at 7-over 220 (74-72-74).
Senior Bo DeHuff tied for eighth at the Bill Cullum Invitational at even 216 (70-73-73) and tied for 28th at the Anteater Invitational among five outings.
Sophomore Stewart Hagestad registered a season-best tie for 12th at the Anteater Invitational at 5-over 221 (75-71-75) and followed it with a tie for 14th at the USC Collegiate Invitational at 2-over 215 (72-72-71).