Men's Golf Seeking First Title At NCAA Championships

May 26, 2005

USC's men's golf team, led by senior All-American Ben Hayes, begins the hunt for its first national title when it travels east to play in the 108th NCAA Men's Golf Championships Wednesday through Saturday (June 1-4) at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

The Trojans, who qualified for the NCAA Championships finals after winning a three-team playoff for the final spot in the NCAA Championships West Region on May 21, are looking for their first top 10 finish since placing ninth in 1996. USC has finished as high as third six times, most recently in 1975. USC's most recent top 5 finish was fifth in 1995.

Live scoring of the NCAA Championships can be found at

No. 18 (Golfweek) USC is among 30 teams competing for the NCAA crown. The top 10 teams from each of the 27-school West, Central and East Regions earned berths to advance to the finals, though only USC had to fight through a three-team playoff to do it.

USC, which will join the rest of the field in practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday (May30-31), will begin the competition by teeing off from the 1st hole on June 1 at 8:30 a.m. (EST) with Georgia State and Kentucky. The Trojans will start the second day of play with Georgia Southern and Purdue at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on the 10th hole. The remaining tee times will be determined following the second round.

There will be 54-hole cut after which the top 15 teams and six individuals will advance to the final round of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score.

Portions of this year's championships will be televised by The Golf Channel. The Golf Channel will broadcast the final three days of the championships from 12 to 2 p.m. and will replay the broadcasts from 10 p.m. to midnight (PST).

The Trojans have won two tournaments during the 2004-2005 season, winning the Opus Husky Invitational and the U.S. International by the Maple Fund, and also tied for first at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge. The Trojans have also posted thirds at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate and the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational.

Senior Ben Hayes, a 2004 All-American and a 2005 All-Pac-10 first team selection, leads the Trojans with a round average of 72.44. Hayes (ranked No. 63 by Golfweek) opened the season by winning the Opus Husky Invitational and led the Trojans to the tournament title.

Junior Taylor Wood (No. 106) and Tyler Ley (No. 74) both earned 2005 All-Pac-10 second team honors and are second (72.76) and third (72.81) on the team, respectively, in round average. Wood's best finish is a second-place tie at the U.S. International while Ley posted a tie for third at the Jerry Pate Invitational.

Sophomore Jordan Nasser has a stroke average of 73.92 while sophomore Joshua Wooding stands at 74.25. Junior Bradley Shaw (74.26), senior Nico Bollini (76.83), senior Andry Fohrer (78.33) and sophomore Ben Miller (79.66) round out the team.

Listed below are the teams and individuals participating in the NCAA Championships and where they finished in region action.

1. Wake Forest
2. Tennessee
3. Georgia
4. Florida
5. Georgia State
6. Alabama
7. Georgia Tech
8. Coastal Carolina
9. Duke
10. Georgia Southern

1. Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State
2. Martin Ureta, North Carolina

1. Augusta State
2. Oklahoma State
3. Texas A&M
4. Tulsa
5. Kentucky
6. Arkansas
7. Missouri
8. Southern Methodist
9. Texas
10. Purdue

1. Korey Mahoney, Eastern Michigan
2. Judd Easterling, Wichita State

2. New Mexico
3. Washington
5. Arizona State
6. Brigham Young
7. San Diego State
8. Arizona
9. Stanford
10. USC

1. Gregg LaVoie, Oregon
2. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine

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