No. 11 USC Set For Pac-12 Championships At L.A. C.C.|
April 26, 2013
The No. 11 USC men's golf team, two-time winners this year, begins the postseason at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships at the L.A. C.C., Monday through Wednesday (April 29-May 1).
Golfers will play two rounds on the par 70, 7,236-yard course beginning at 8 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 followed by the second round teeing off at 1 p.m. Action on Tuesday and Wednesday begins at 8 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 as well. Each team will feature six players with the top five scores counting each round.
California enters as the No. 1 ranked team in the country and is joined in the top 25 by No. 5 UCLA, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Stanford and No. 11 USC.
USC'S HISTORY AT THE PAC-12 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 60 points to clinch.
USC returns five players from last year's squad and has welcomed three newcomers. The squad is led by junior Jeffrey Kang, a 2012 All-American honorable mention selection, and by senior Sam Smith, a two-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention pick. Sophomore Anthony Paolucci also earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors last year and the nation's top recruit in 2011 has taken a big step in the 2012-13 season. Also back are junior Ramsey Sahyoun, a 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and senior Stewart Hagestad. Joining the squad are highly touted freshmen Yi Keun "Jay" Chang, Michael Moorhead and Andrew Levitt.
Troy opened spring play with a tie for fourth at the Amer Ari Invitational before tying for first at The Prestige at PGA West, coming from behind to earn a share of the title. USC continued the hot streak with a nine-stroke win at the North Ranch Intercollegiate.
USC posted a trio of third-place finishes in fall play at the Pac-12 Preview, the U.S. Collegiate Championship and the Gifford Collegiate-CordeValle. The Trojans also claimed the consolation final of the Stanford Classic Match Play while Kang tied for 12th in the individual-only Western Refining Collegiate.
Chang led all Trojan finishers at the Pac-12 Preview with a fifth-place finish at 7-under 209 (69-67-73). Kang tied for eighth at 5-under 211 (70-71-70). Chang paced USC again at the U.S. Collegiate Championship with a tie for ninth at 2-over 218 (71-75-72). He opened his final round with a 1-over front 9 but completed the day with a 1-under back 9, including birdies on 15 and 18. Paolucci (74-72-74) and Smith (71-76-73) tied for 20th at 4-over 220. At the Gifford Collegiate, Paolucci led the Trojans with a tie for fifth at 2-under 211 (71-71-69) while Smith tied for 13th at 3-over 216 (76-67-73). Paolucci's tie for 10th at 5-under 211 again led USC's efforts at the Amer Ari Invitational and the sophomore did it again at The Prestige at PGA West, tying for second as USC claimed a share of the event title. Kang and Chang tied for seventh. Chang topped USC's finishers with his win at the North Ranch Intercollegiate, finishing at 2-under 211 (70-68-73) while Smith took fourth at 3-over 216 (65-71-80). Smith led USC at both the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters and the U.S. Intercollegiate with ties for 16th. He then led USC at the Western Intercollegiate with a tie for 12.