Men's Golf Signs Two For 2001-2002
Nov. 16, 2000
Prep All-Americans Nick Bollini of Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., and Ben Hayes of Brophy Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., have signed letters of intent to attend USC, director of golf Kurt Schuette announced today.
Bollini, who hails from Yorba Linda, Calif., was named the Los Angeles Times' Orange County prep golfer of the year after winning the Southern Section individual title last spring and has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation among junior amateurs this past season. Over the summer, he represented the United States in the Izzo Cup in Sweden and has also been selected to the last two Canon Cup West squads. One of the most highly recruited golfers in the country, Bollini chose USC over UNLV, Texas, Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA.
Hayes, who hails from Scottsdale, was the Arizona Republic's Boys Golfer of the Year in 1999 as a junior after winning the state individual championship and leading Brophy Prep to the state team title. He capped off his prep career with a course record round of 66 to place fourth at the 2000 state championships held at Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz. He also finished fifth at the prestigious Polo Golf Junior Classic in 1999. For his efforts, he was named national Student Athlete of the Week by ESPN. Also an avid basketball player, Hayes chose USC over Arizona State, Arizona, Northwestern, Virginia and Stanford.
Said Schuette: 'I felt, as many other coaches did, that these are two of the more outstanding competitors in the western United States. I feel fortunate to have secured their services at USC. In addition to their excellent golf credentials, they are also young men with superlative character and academic ability who will fit perfectly with the nucleus of talented young student-athletes we currently have involved in the USC golf program.'