Trojans Earn Berth To NCAA Final
May 21, 2011
Results at Golfstat.com
Junior Steve Lim tied for second and sophomore Martin Trainer was seventh to lead the No. 15 USC men's golf team to second place and a trip to the NCAA final on the last day of the 2011 NCAA San Diego Regional on Saturday (May 21) at The Farmers G.C. in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.
The San Diego region is one of six 13 and 14-team sites. The top five teams from each region advance to the NCAA Championship final, scheduled for May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek in Stillwaker, Okla. Oklahoma State is the host for the final.
USC, the No. 3 seed in the 13-team regional, didn't get the win after leading for the first two rounds, but still posted its fifth straight top 3 finish and qualified for its fifth straight NCAA final, all under fifth-year head coach Chris Zambri. The Trojans, who won the Pac-10 Championship in their previous outing, wrapped up play at 7-under 857 (278-290-289), three strokes back of first-place UCLA (854). Also advancing were host San Diego (864), Ohio State (865) and Texas (873).
"We are super excited to have an opportunity to win a national title," said Zambri, who will guide the Trojans as they try to win the program's first ever NCAA crown. "The guys are pumped."
Lim tied for second at 7-under 209 (68-71-70), notching a season-best effort and his second top 4 finish in the past four outings. He opened play with a birdie on 1 en route to a 2-under front 9. He went to 3-under with a birdie on 10 before finishing the rest of the round at 1-over.
Trainer, coming off his recent Pac-10 title, secured his fourth straight top 7 finish at 3-under 213 (73-71-69), also good for his sixth top 8 result this season. He went out at 4-under through 9 on four birdies and a birdie on 15 moved him to 5-under before a pair of late bogeys on 16 and 18.
Said Trainer on USC's recent play: "We're playing great at the perfect time and I think our team is very capable of making a run for the championship. I can't wait to get there."
Freshman Jeffrey Kang tied for 17th at 2-over 218 (66-76-76), his fourth top 20 finish this season and third in the last four events. He got off to a rough start with a double bogey and bogey to begin play, but settled down to finish at 1-over through the rest of the round.
Sophomore T.J. Vogel tied for 39th at 6-over 222 (71-77-74) while sophomore Sam Smith was 60th at 13-over 229 (78-72-79). Vogel had three birdies on the day while Smith finished a tough round with a birdie on 18.