Men's Golf
    No. 17 USC Readies For NCAAs

    Junior Steve Lim

    May 25, 2011

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    The No. 17 USC men's golf team, led by 2011 Pac-10 Championships medalist Martin Trainer, 2010 Freshman All-American T.J. Vogel and 2010-11 All-Pac-10 second teamer junior Steve Lim, is riding a hot streak into its fifth straight NCAA final in its 41st consecutive NCAA appearance at the 2011 NCAA Championships, May 31-June 5, at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

    Top-ranked Oklahoma State is the host for the final. The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to a three-day match play tournament for the NCAA title. Individual medalist honors will go to the top finisher after the initial 54 holes.

    Action begins at 7 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday through Thursday during the three stroke play rounds. The first two rounds of match play on Friday and Saturday begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday's final starting at noon.

    The entire 30-team field includes No. 3 Alabama, No. 60 Arizona, No. 30 Arizona State, No. 15 Arkansas, defending champion No. 8 Augusta State, No. 19 California, No. 57 Colorado State, No. 13 Duke, No. 5 Florida, No. 14 Georgia, No. 2 Georgia Tech, No. 7 Illinois, No. 18 Iowa, No. 44 Kennesaw State, No. 33 Kent State, No. 9 LSU, No. 36 Michigan, No. 29 North Carolina State, No. 49 Northwestern, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 23 Oklahoma, No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 34 Pepperdine, No. 25 San Diego, No. 10 San Diego State, No. 17 USC, No. 24 Tennessee, No. 11 Texas, No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 4 UCLA. Rankings by

    USC is seeded 16th overall and will tee off with Arkansas and California to begin play on Tuesday.

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    USC is making its 52nd team trip to the NCAA final (second most behind Oklahoma State's 65) and its fifth trip in a row under fifth-year head coach Chris Zambri. The Trojans are still after the program's first NCAA title ... USC finished 15th last year. In 2009, USC rallied from a rough start to tie for third in stroke play (led by Tom Glissmeyer, who tied for third) and reach the eight-team match play finale. The Trojans fell in the quarterfinals to Michigan, 3-2 ... USC's highest finish at an NCAA Championship final is third, something the Trojans did most recently in 2008, when they finished just two strokes out of first. That was Troy's top result since a third in 1975. The Trojans' most recent top 10 finish prior to 2008 came in 2005, when they took sixth ... Troy boasts four NCAA individual title winners. Scott Simpson won back-to-back NCAA crowns in 1976 and 1977 and Ron Commans did it in 1981. A long drought ended last season when then-freshman Jamie Lovemark came from behind to win the individual title ... After failing to advance as a team in 2006 (though Taylor Wood qualified individually and tied for 27th), USC returned to the NCAA Championships final in 2007. Though USC was cut after three rounds, Lovemark's score, however, allowed him to continue as an individual entry, setting himself up for his final-round run to the title.

    Featuring a mixture of one junior and a host of sophomores and freshmen in the regular starting lineup, USC has posted five consecutive top 3 finishes, including wins in two of the past four events.

    Two weeks ago, USC won its Pac-10-best 19th team title with a playoff win over Oregon while sophomore Martin Trainer captured Troy's 21st individual Pac-10 crown with a seven-hole playoff win. The Trojans' other win this season came in a 14-stroke victory at the 2011 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, its first team title since 2009. Four Trojans finished in the top seven, led by freshman Jeffrey Kang, who was third.

    USC followed the Pac-10 win with a second-place at the NCAA San Diego Regional at 7-under 857, three strokes out of first. The Trojans led for much of the event but safely advanced without much cause for concern. Junior Steve Lim led USC the Trojans with a tie for second while Trainer was seventh.

    In addition to the two recent wins and the second at the NCAA Regional, USC claimed third at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play and was second at the Western Intercollegiate.

    USC's 2011 Pac-10 Honors

    With his 2011 Pac-10 title and three April top 5 finishes, sophomore Martin Trainer not only earned All-Pac-10 first team honors last week but was also tabbed the Pac-10s April Golfer of the month. Joining him on the Pac-10 team were second teamers junior Steve Lim and freshman Jeffrey Kang and honorable mention selection sophomores Sam Smith and T.J. Vogel.

    Player Updates

    Sophomore Martin Trainer (ranked No. 80) is USC's hottest golfer. TheA 2011 All-Pac-10 first teamer has posted four consecutive top 7 finishes (among six overall this year), most recently taking seventh at the 2011 NCAA San Diego Regional at 3-under 213 (73-71-69). That followed a victory at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships. He leads the team in stroke average (72.21) and his nine rounds in the 60s are tied for team high ... He had to go seven playoff holes to win his first collegiate title at the 2011 Pac-10s, sinking a five-foot putt to force extra holes not only for himself but for USC as well. Then, on the seventh consecutive trip down the 18th hole, his seventh straight par was finally good enough to win his playoff against Oregon State's Alex Moore. He finished regulation play at 5-under 275 (68-68-69-70) ... In addition to winning the individual title and helping USC take the team title, he also earned an amateur's exemption into the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open in August ... He warmed up for the Pac-10s by tying for fourth at the ASU Thunderbird, where he carded a 4-under 209 (74-66-69), and tying 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.

    Junior Steve Lim (No. 56), a 2011 All-Pac-10 second teamer (for the second year in a row) is Troy's active leader in rounds in the 60s (19, including seven this year) and currently is second on the squad in stroke average (72.35). He has three top 6 finishes this season, including a season-best tie for second at the 2011 NCAA San Diego Regional, where he carded a 7-under 209 (68-71-70) ... 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 also tied for fourth at the ASU Thunderbird with a 4-under 209 (70-68-71), his second-best 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 ... At the Pac-10 Championships, Lim tied for 28th at 9-over 289 (72-74-70-73).

    Sophomore T.J. Vogel, a 2011 All Pac-10 honorable mention pick after earning 2010 first team honors, is third on the Trojans in stroke average (73.00) and 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 and is still looking for his first top 20 finish since the fall. He has 10 career rounds in the 60s.

    Freshman Jeffrey Kang, a 2011 All-Pac-10 second teamer, has three top 5 finishes this year, including a tie for fifth at the Pac-10 Championships when he finished 1-under 279 (72-68-68-71) ... He 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 stroke play finish was a tie for fourth at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at 5-over 215 (73-71-71). At the 2011 NCAA San Diego Regional, he tied for 17th at 2-over 218 (66-76-76) ... 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 nine rounds in the 60s and is fourth in stroke average (73.12).

    Sophomore Sam Smith, a 2011 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick, has been one of USC's top golfers all spring. He has three top 10 finishes this season and five in the top 20, including a recent string of three straight in the top 13. At the 2011 Pac-10s, Smith was eighth at 2-over 282 (73-71-71-67). That followed a tie for 13th at the Western Intercollegiate at 4-over 214 (70-71-73) and a tie for seventh at the ASU Thunderbird at 2-under 211 (72-68-71). He tied for fourth at the Anteater Invitational at 2-under 214 (71-73-70) and also tied for 17th at the Amer Ari Invitational at 5-under 211 (66-69-76). 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 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) ... He was part of USC's 2011 Pac-10 team title, tying for 45th at 18-over 298 (72-75-75-76).

    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).