Men's Golf Places Third At Ashworth Collegiate Invitational

March 1, 2005

Westlake Village, Calif. -

Final Results

The No.8 USC men's golf squad shot a nine-over-par 294 on Tuesday to finish in third place at the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational held at the North Ranch Country Club.

The Trojans (861) were in second place and one under par following the first two rounds but ended the tournament seven shots back of second place No. 18 BYU (a third-round score of 283 helped the Cougars slip ahead of USC) and nine back of team champion No. 23 University of Tennessee.

'Obviously, we would have liked to play a little better and make a run at the title when we have an opportunity to win,' said USC head coach Kurt Schuette. 'The guys played real well yesterday and we felt that with a good round today we could win this tournament.'

Coach Schuette liked the way his team drove the ball today but was concerned with the follow-up.

'We hit the ball well off the tee but a lot of our approach shots were coming up in places that didn't give us opportunities for birdies,' said Schuette. 'We just didn't execute the way we needed to get the job done.'

Five USC golfers placed in the top 25 individually. Senior Ben Hayes led the Trojans as he tied for 10th with a score of 214 (including a second-round 66). Junior Tyler Ley finished two over par to tie for 12th (215) and sophomore Joshua Wooding shot four over par to tie for 17th. Junior Bradley Shaw shot a five-over-par 218 to place 21st and classmate Taylor Wood finished in 48th (224).

Sophomore Jordan Nasser, who competed as an individual, tied for 15th and finished with the low score for all individual competitors, shooting 216.

Aron Price of Georgia Southern finished atop the leader board with a ten-under-par 203 after 54 holes, shattering the tournament record of 207. He shot a tournament-low 64 in the second round. Former Trojans Steve Sear and Ron Commons, the 1981 NCAA champion, hold the all-time course and tournament single round record at 62.

USC has competed in a total of six tournaments so far this season, finishing in the top three four times. The Trojans shot a school-record score of 810 (-54) at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate last month, shattering the record of 832 (-32) set at the 2003 Thunderbird Invitational.

'I am very encouraged with our team right now even though we didn't play as well as we would have liked to,' said Schuette. 'The team is a very cohesive unit. The chemistry is great and the players understand what we need to work on to get better.'

The Trojans will be back in action March 19-20 at the EZ-GO Schenkel Invitational hosted by Georgia Southern in Statesboro, GA.

'We're going to be working hard over the next couple of weeks to prepare for the Georgia Southern tournament,' said Coach Schuette. 'Hopefully we can put ourselves back in the same position where we've got a chance to win and do a good job that final round.'

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