Oct. 17, 2000
Birmingham, Ala. - Freshman Hunter Mahan failed to win his third-consecutive tournament, but he shot an incredible 63 second round and finished with a nine-under-par 204 to take fourth place individually and lead the No. 23 USC men's golf team to a sixth-place tie at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate held at Old Overton Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday-Tuesday (Oct. 16-17).
Mahan's 63 is the lowest-known round in a Trojan golf history that includes such greats as Craig Stadler, Al 'Mr. 59' Geiberger, Dave Stockton and Scott Simpson (records are incomplete prior to 1968). Mahan came to USC as the No. 1-ranked junior golfer in the country and the American Junior Golf Association's 2000 Player of the Year.
Mahan, who hails from McKinney, Tex., entered the final round of play in second place, five strokes behind No. 1 ranked Bryce Mulder of Georgia Tech. But Mulder, who trumped Mahan in round two with a course-record 62, pulled away to win the individual title with a score of 196 (-17). Mahan's 204 total equals his career-low set last week when he won the Taylor Made Red River Classic in Dallas, Tex. (it was the lowest 54-hole score by a Trojan since 1985). Five tournaments into his USC career, Mahan has two first-place finishes, a fourth, a fifth and a team-low stroke average of 70.
USC finished tied for sixth overall in a very strong field that included No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Arizona and No. 6 Georgia Tech among others. Overall, the Trojans shot 860 to tie with Houston and finish 35 strokes back of team champion Clemson (825). Georgia took second (827), followed by Georgia Tech (835), Oklahoma State (852) and Alabama-Birmingham (855).
USC's season takes a break until January 29, 2001, when the Trojans travel to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the University of Arizona's Ping Intercollegiate.