Wooding Leads USC In NCAA Championships First Round

June 1, 2005


Sophomore Joshua Wooding turned in a 1-over-71 while juniors Taylor Wood and Bradley Shaw each finished at 2-over-72 to pace USC on the first day of the 2005 NCAA Championships at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., on Wednesday (June 1).

USC finished with a combined 290 (+10), tied for 18th with San Diego State and Tulsa in the 30-team field. Georgia leads the competition at 6-under (274).

Wooding and Shaw were 2-under-par through 13 holes and 10 holes, respectively, but both fell back a bit. Wooding finished the day tied for 33rd overall while Shaw and Wood were tied for 49th.

Junior Tyler Ley and senior Ben Hayes both shot 5-over 75s, finishing tied for 107th.

'Every player is doing some good things and it's just a matter of putting it all together,' USC Director of Golf Kurt Schuette said. 'Both physically and mentally the team is the best I have seen all season. We look forward to our opportunity to climb up the leaderboard tomorrow.'

The tournament continues June 2-4.

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).