Oh, Yeah!

Nov. 12, 2001

Hilton Head, S.C. - Junior David Oh followed up rounds of 68 and 69 with another 69 on Sunday and finished with a career-low 206 to win the individual title at the Long Cove Invitational held at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C., on Fri.-Sun. (Nov. 9-11).

Oh's win, his first as a Trojan, spurred the No. 5 USC men's golf team to a second place team finish with a score of 871. Georgia Tech won the team title with a score of 855.

Oh's seven-under-par effort was five strokes ahead of his nearest competitors, D.J. Trahan of Clemson and Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech (211). Also for the Trojans, freshman Nico Bollini finished 13th (216), junior Chris Botsford tied for 34th (223), senior Kevin Stadler tied for 44th (226) and freshman Ben Hayes tied for 66th (236).

Oh jumped out to a quick start in the final round by making birdie on holes three, five and six. On the backside, Oh made bookend birdies on the 10th and 18th.

Said Oh: 'I couldn't really think of a better way to end the tournament than to birdie the last hole in front of that many people.

'I just calmed myself down and said 'Even if you don't win, you're playing well, don't ruin it for yourself.' That's what I started doing the last three or four holes.'

USC coach Kurt Schuette: 'This performance caps a fine fall, maybe the most consistent fall we've had since I've been at USC.'

The Trojans resume play in February at the Ping Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz.

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