USC Wins Playoff To Advance To NCAA Championships
May 21, 2005
USC won a three-team playoff hole between teams tied for 10th to earn the right to compete at the NCAA Championships in June on the final day of the 2005 NCAA Golf Men's West Region Championships at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course on Saturday (May 21).
The Trojans, Pepperdine and South Carolina all finished with three-day totals of 864 (+24), but with nine teams ahead of them with berths to the NCAAs already in hand and only 10 spots available, the trio of 10th-place finishers had to go to a playoff.
USC didn't let the drama go much further, winning the playoff on the first hole.
Juniors Tyler Ley and Taylor Wood fired a 2-under and 1-under pars, respectively, to lead USC in regulation. USC shot its second 286 of the three-day event and will compete for the NCAA Championship June 1-4 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings, Md.
The top 10 teams from each of the NCAA's three regions advanced to the final tournament.
UNLV won the Region title with a combined 846 (+6).
Ley shot a 68 and Wood shot a 69, rounds that both featured four birdies. Wood was USC's highest finisher at 214 (+4), tied for 21st while Ley was a stroke back at 215 (+5), tied for 25th.
Junior Bradley Shaw shot a 75 to finish at 219 (+9), tied for 56th. Shaw was USC's last golfer of the day and had two birdies and a bogey.
Senior Ben Hayes had three birdies but still finished with a 74 to finish tied with Shaw at 219.
Sophomore Joshua Wooding shot a final-round 75 to finish at 221, tied for 66th.