Men's Golf Heads To NCAA West Regionals

May 13, 2003

Los Angeles - THE TOURNEY--The 21st-ranked USC men's golf team travels to the Pacific Northwest this week to compete in the 2003 NCAA West Regional Golf Championships hosted by the University of Washington May 15-17 (Thurs.-Sat.) at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash. The 8th seed Trojans are looking to advance to the NCAA Championships--held this year in Stillwater, Okla.--for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on those teams will advance from the regional to the NCAAs.

FORMAT--Fifty-four holes of stroke play golf over three days of competition shall decide the team and individual champions. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each date starting at 7:12 a.m. PT. The final group tees off at 1:21 p.m. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition.

LAST YEAR'S REGIONAL--USC's season ended prematurely in 2002 as the Trojans finished 18th at the NCAA West Regionals in Albuquerque, NM. Troy shot 895 as a team. Senior Kevin Stadler led the Trojans, tying for 34th.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--USC has six top 10 finishes so far this season. The Trojans' best finish was at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, where they shot a school-record 832 over 54 holes to finish second. USC's schedule is ranked the toughest in the nation by Golfstat. The Trojans have beaten No. 4 Texas head-to-head three times and No. 6 Arizona twice.

LIVE STATS--Stats for the tournament can be accessed through www.usctrojans.com.

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