Men's Golf Wins Cleveland Golf Classic

March 5, 2002

Westlake Village, Calif. - Senior Kevin Stadler fired a final-round 68 and freshman Ben Hayes shot 71 to lead the No. 10USC men's golf team to a three stroke win at the 25th annual Cleveland Golf Classic hosted by USC at North Ranch Country Club on March 4-5.

It's the first tournament win of the season for the Trojans after three runner-up finishes. It's also the 11th team championship for head coach Kurt Schuette at USC and Troy's first win at the Cleveland Golf Classic since 1997.

USC shot 283 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 864. Oregon and Washington tied for second at 867. Fresno State was fourth (876), with California fifth (883).

Brock Mackenzie of Washington won the individual title, shooting 68 and 69 in rounds two and three for a total of 208. Stadler and Fresno State's Nick Watney tied for second with 211, while Hayes took fourth at 213.

Also for USC, junior David Oh tied for 24th (222), junior Chris Botsford tied for 30th (223) and freshman Nico Bollini tied for 42nd (226).

The Trojan 'Gold' team finished 16th with a score of 956. Sophomore Roderick Staunton tied for 65th (233), junior Scott Oxandaboure tied for 70th (235), freshman James Choi tied for 75th (238) and sophomore John Callaghan was 80th (254).

USC is next in action at the Cleveland Golf Morris Williams Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Texas in Austin,Tex., on Mar. 25-26.

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