Men's Golf Heads To NCAA Championships
May 24, 2003
THE TOURNEY--The No. 19 USC men's golf team travels to Stillwater, Okla., this week to compete with 29 other teams in the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championships hosted by Oklahoma State University, May 27-30 (Tues.-Fri.) at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The Trojans are making their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2000 and are seeking their first-ever NCAA team title.
FORMAT--The teams will play 18 holes each day, 72 total. Play on Tuesday thru Thursday starts at 7 a.m., while Friday's round starts at 8 a.m.
NCAA WEST REGIONALS--USC secured its first NCAA Championship bid since 2000 by tying for seventh at the NCAA West Regionals at Auburn, Wash., on May 17. Freshman Taylor Wood was USC's top individual, as he shot an even-par 216 to tie for 12th.
SO FAR THIS YEAR--USC has seven 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 second toughest in the nation by Golfstat. The Trojans have beaten No. 3 Texas head-to-head three times and No. 5 Arizona twice.
USC AT THE NCAAs--This will be USC's 44th NCAA tournament appearance. The Trojans have placed in the top 10 26 times, including six third-place finishes.
LIVE STATS--Stats for the tournament can be accessed through www.golfstat.com.
NCAA RosterName Height Class Hometown/High SchoolNico Bollini 6-1 Sophomore Yorba Linda, Calif. (Servite)Chris Botsford 5-10 Senior Pasadena, Calif. (San Marino)Ben Hayes 6-2 Sophomore Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Brophy College Prep)David Oh 5-11 Senior Cerritos, Calif. (Whitney)Taylor Wood 5-10 Freshman Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Santa Margarita)
USC Men's Golf Under Kurt Schuette
In his career, Schuette has coachedor recruited:* 14 Division I first-team All-Americans* 20 All-Pacific-10 Conference first-team selections* 27 Division I tournament medalists* The 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Ben Hayes* The 2002 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, Kevin Stadler, who was also a 2002 All-American second-teamer* The 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Hunter Mahan, who was also a 2001 All-American second-teamer, the 2000 AJGA Player of the Year and the 1999 U.S. Junior Champion
His men's teams have won:* 19 Division I team titles* Two Pac-10 team titles (2001 and 2002)
His former players include:* One PGA Tour winner* Three PGA Tour Players* One two-time Nike Tour winner* Seven Nike or Buy.com Tour players* Numerous State Amateur and Open winners* The 2002 Wester Amateur co-medalist, Kevin Stadler* The 1997 U.S. Amateur medalist, Roger Tambellini
USC's Top 10 NCAA Finishes
StrokesYear Finish Site Behind Winner1940 6th Ekwanok C.C. (Manchester, VT) 161951 10th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State) 281952 6th Purdue University Course (W. Lafayette, IN) 141954 8th Braeburn C.C. (Houston, TX) 251956 7th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State) 81958 3rd Taconic G.C. (Williamstown, PA) 131960 8th Broadmoor G.C. (Colorado Springs, CO) 151961 3rd Purdue University Course (W. Lafayette, IN) 121962 10th Duke University G.C. (Durham, N.C.) 341963 4th Wichita C.C. (Wichita, KS) 61964 3rd Broadmoor G.C. (Colorado Springs, CO) 161965 3rd Holston Hills C.C. (Knoxville, TN) 131966 3rd Stanford University G.C. (Stanford, CA) 131971 6th Tucson National G.C. (Tucson, AZ) 271973 7th Stillwater C.C. (Stillwater, OK) 261974 4th Carlton Oaks C.C. (Santee, CA) 191975 3rd Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State) 341976 7th Univ. of New Mexico G.C. (Albuquerque, NM) 181977 5th Seven Oaks G.C. (Hamilton, NY) 151979 9th Bermuda Run C.C. (Wake Forest) 261980 8th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State) 251984 8th Bear Creek Golf World (Houston, TX) 181986 8th Bermuda Run G.C. (Wake Forest) 181991 7th Poppy Hills G.C. (Pebble Beach, CA) 291995 5th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State) 81996 9th The Honors Course (Chattanooga, TN) 30
NCAA Individual Championships Won by Trojans1976 Scott Simpson1977 Scott Simpson1981 Ron Commans
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