Men's Golf
    Troy Wraps Fall Slate At Gifford Collegiate
    Junior Martin Trainer
    Junior Martin Trainer

    Oct. 28, 2011

    The USC men's golf team, the 2011 Pac-10 champion, concludes its fall schedule at the 2011 Gifford Collegiate Championship, hosted by UCLA, at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 31-Nov. 2).

    In addition to host UCLA and USC, other schools competing are Arizona, Coastal Carolina, Long Beach State, Northwestern, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Virginia, Washington, Washington State.

    Results will be available

    USC most recently competed at the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Championship, taking seventh. Troy opened the 2011 season in Palm Desert, Calif., finishing 10th at The Prestige at PGA West. The Trojans withdrew (along with the majority of the field) from its scheduled season-opener, the 2011 Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, after rain washed out the first 36 holes of the event. (The Trojans have since added the Barona Collegiate Cup, March 22-23.)

    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.

    Joining them are junior Stewart Hagestad, sophomore Ramsey Sahyoun and freshman Daniel Lee.



    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.

    2011-12 Event Recaps

    2011 The Prestige At PGA West, Oct. 9-11
    Sophomore Ramsey Sahyoun turned in his second-highest finish as a Trojan to lead the USC men's golf team at The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The Trojans, playing in their first event of the year after the season-open was rained out, finished 10th at 3-under 861 (289-285-286), 29 strokes behind first-place Oregon (832) in the 16-team field. Washington took second (834) while Stanford was third (840). Playing individually, freshman Anthony Paolucci was actually USC's top finisher in his debut event in the Cardinal and Gold, tying for 17th at 5-under 211 (74-71-66). His final round, beginning on the 10th hole in the shotgun start, included a 3-under front 9 and a 3-under back 9 with seven birdies overall. Sahyoun tied for 24th at 3-under 213 (73-70-70).

    2011 U.S, Collegiate Championship, Oct. 23-25
    The USC men's golf team spent the better part of three rounds battling for first at the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Championship before struggling over the final stretch, ultimately finishing seventh at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga. The leaders after the first round and tied for third after the second, USC was unable to maintain the momentum and finished seventh at 7-over 871 (282-288-301). UCLA took first at 12-under 852 while Washington and Auburn tied for second at 9-under 855. Senior Steve Lim was USC's highest finisher, tying for 13th at 1-under 215 (66-73-76). He had four bogeys during his final round and 14 pars. Freshman Anthony Paolucci tied for 31st at 4-over 220 (71-71-81).