No. 7 USC To Play Cypress Point At Stanford Classic
Oct. 26, 2012
The USC men's golf team, ranked No. 7 and coming off of its sixth straight NCAA Championships final appearance last season, continues its fall schedule at the Stanford Classic on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 29-30) for three rounds of match play at the renowned Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif.
In addition to host Stanford and USC, the eight-team field includes Duke, Georgia, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and Washington.
Round 1 matchups, determined by averaging Golfstat and Golfweek rankings, will feature Texas (1) vs. Michigan (8), Washington (2) vs. Stanford (7), USC (3) vs. (6) Duke and UCLA (4) vs. Georgia (5).
The 6,536-yard, par 72 course is generally regarded among the top 5 courses in the world.
USC returns five players from last year's squad and welcomes three newcomers. The squad will be 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 is ready to make a big leap in the 2012-13 season. Also back is junior Ramsey Sahyoun, a 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and reserve Stewart Hagestad.
USC finished third in its first event of the season at the Pac-12 Preview. Chang led all Trojan finishers with a fifth-place finish at 7-under 209 (69-67-73). Kang tied for eighth at 5-under 211 (70-71-70).
The Trojans were third again at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia. USC finished a combined 15-over 879 (289-299-291), five back of host Georgia Tech (874) and four behind second-place UCLA (875). Chang tied for ninth at 2-over 218 (71-75-72) to lead the Trojans. 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, Kang tied for 28th at 6-over 222 (73-76-73) and Sahyoun tied for 50th at 10-over 216 (76-77-73).
Kang tied for second on the team in stroke average (72.00) last year with a team-high-tying nine rounds in the 60s, earning Pac-12 second team honors for the second year in a row in addition to his All-American nod. He posted his first college victory after winning a one-hole playoff to nab the Amer Ari at Waikoloa Beach. He finished regulation at 11-under 205 (67-69-69) and used a par on the first playoff hole for the win. He had five top 10 finishes and six in the top 12.
Smith tied Kang for second on the team in stroke average last year (72.00) and with his team-high tying nine rounds in the 60s. He had three top 10 finishes and five in the top 20. He posted a career-best tie for second at the U.S. Intercollegiate with a 1-under 209 (70-69-70) and then led USC at the Pac-12 Championships with a tie for third at 9-under 279 (77-68-67-67).
Paolucci was third on the team last year with eight rounds in the 60s and was fifth in stroke average (72.92). He had five top 17 finishes, including a tie for ninth at the Amer Ari, where he finished at 6-under 210 (69-70-71). He also went 3-0 at the Del Walker Match Play and tied for 13th at both the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional at 2-under 211 (67-69-75).
Sahyoun, had a pair of top 20 finishes last year, tying for 17th at the Gifford Collegiate and tying for 20th at the Amer Ari at 4-under 212 (69-72-71). He also went 3-0 at the Del Walker Match Play and had two other top 25 marks.