USC Set For The Prestige At PGA West|
Oct. 6, 2011
The USC men's golf team, the 2011 Pac-10 champion, ranked No. 8 in the Golfweek.com preseason ranking and rained out in its first event, gets its second shot at a season-opener at the 2011 The Prestige at PGA West, Sunday through Tuesday (Oct. 9-11) at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
USC was set to play in the 2011 Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational on Sept. 26-27, but rain washed out the first 36 holes of the event and the majority of the field withdrew, choosing instead to schedule a replacement event later in the season. (The Trojans added the Barona Collegiate Cup, March 22-23.)
So instead, the Trojans will get their feet wet (again) just outside of Palm Desert, some 130 miles east of campus. Competing at this event are co-hosts UC Davis and Stanford, Oregon, Central Florida, San Diego, San Francisco, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Duke, Arizona State, Long Beach State, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Washington and UC Davis.
USC is led by senior Steve Lim and junior Martin Trainer, the 2011 Pac-10 Championships individual champion and an All-Pac-10 first teamer, and is bolstered by the addition of Anthony Paolucci, the nation's top recruit. Also back are junior Sam Smith and sophomore Jeffrey Kang, who were both All-Pac-10 second team choices along with Lim.
Action begins on the par 72, 7,156-yard course with a shotgun start on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and has an identical schedule Monday. Tuesday's final round begins at 7:30 a.m.
USC, which will serve as the NCAA Championships host in 2012 at the famed Riviera Country Club in Palisades, Calif., is under sixth-year head coach Chris Zambri. Zambri has directed the Trojans into the NCAA Championships final each of his first five years.
Troy won twice last season, claiming the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in addition to the conference crown, and also posted a pair of second-place finishes. Trainer's Pac-10 title was its only individual victory.
Live results will be available at Golfstat.com.