Men's Golf Finishes 14th At E-Z-GO Schnekel Invitational in Georgia

March 20, 2005

The USC men's golf team shot a 22-over-par 310 on Tuesday in the final round of play at the E-Z-GO Schenkel Invitational at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.

The eighth-ranked Trojans were tied for 11th and 23 over par following the first two rounds but ended the tournament with a 22-over- par score of 909, five shots back of 13th-placed Ohio State University.

Duke carded a two-under par 286 in the final round as the Blue Devils captured their first ever Schenkel team title (with a three-round score of 868). The Devils finished just one stroke better than runner-up Auburn (869) but 14 strokes ahead of third-place finishers Tennessee and Georgia (882).

South Carolina's Mark Anderson and Georgia Southern's Jon David Kennedy both shot a one-under 215 in the final round to tie for individual honors, but Anderson edged Kennedy in a two-hole playoff for the title.

For the Trojans, Senior Ben Hayes shot a 79 in the final round to lead USC, finishing the tournament tied for 29th place with a seven-over, three-round score of 223.

The Trojans struggled with the course's conditions throughout the tournament. The greens were undulated and made of Bermuda grass, which proved tricky for the unfamiliar Trojans.

'We refuse to let this event define the team we will become,' said head coach Kurt Schuette. 'We're looking forward to continuing to learn and make improvements. We are a good team but we're working on some changes that will make us a great team.'

The Trojans will be back in action March 27-29 at the National Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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