Men's Golf In Second Place After Two Rounds Of Ashworth Collegiate Invitational

Feb. 28, 2005

Westlake Village, Calif. -

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The No.8 USC men's golf team shot 567 on Monday, putting the Trojans in second place after the first two rounds of the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational at the North Ranch Country Club.

The tournament, hosted by USC, has 15 teams and six individuals competing in 54 holes of stroke play. The Trojans shot one under par in two rounds and trail the University of Tennessee (563) by four strokes. BYU and Georgia Southern are tied at third after shooting 571 Monday.

Aron Price sits atop the leader board after shooting nine under in the first two rounds. USC senior Ben Hayes and junior Tyler Ley and Ron Harvey, Jr. of BYU are tied for fifth after shooting 142 for the day.

'The team was very patient and persistent today,' said USC head coach Kurt Schuette. 'A couple of guys played real well in the second round but the whole team is focused and really fighting hard. I look for us to play well tomorrow.'

The dense fog and continual drizzle proved no real problem for the Trojans in the first round, with a score of 287. The Trojans were one stroke behind Georgia Southern (286) and three stokes behind first-place University of Tennessee (284) the first round.

Brendan Steele of UC Riverside topped the leader board following the first round, shooting four under par. There was a three-way tie for second, with Aron Price of Georgia Southern and Tennessee's David Skinns and Ross McGowan all shooting two under. For the Trojans, junior Tyler Ley and sophomore Joshua Wooding were tied for third at one under (70).

The second round commenced at 1:00 p.m. with a shotgun start just as the rain stopped and the sun peaked out from behind the dark sky. The Trojans took advantage of the better conditions as they shot 280 in the second round,

Round three will begin Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m.

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