Wooding, Wood On Fire For Hot USC At NCAA Championships

June 2, 2005


Sophomore Joshua Wooding and junior Taylor Wood led a sharp Trojan men's golf team that fired off the second-lowest team round of the day to move into fourth place halfway through the four-day 2005 NCAA Championships at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., on Thursday (June 2).

USC, which started on the 10th hole, finished the second day with a combined 282 (+2) and is now 572 (+12) over the first two days, trimming two shots from tourney leader Georgia, which stands at 558 (-2). Tennessee is in second at 567 (+7) while Georgia Tech is at 569 (+9).

Wooding's and Wood's 2-under-68s were just off the best rounds of the day. Wooding's 18 holes featured five birdies, including two over his final six holes. His hot play moved him into a tie for 10th in the individual standings at 139 (-1), five shots behind leader Michael Putnam of Pepperdine (134).

Wood, meanwhile, was even after the first nine holes, but went 2-under on the final nine. In fact, from the 16th to the 7th holes, he was minus-4. He is par for the tournament (140) and is tied for 15th overall.

Junior Bradley Shaw posted his second consecutive 2-over-72 and is 144 for the first two days, tied for 37th overall.

Senior Ben Hayes finished Thursday with a 74 (+4) and his 149 leaves him tied for 96th while junior Tyler Ley posted a 77 (+7) and is 152 for the tournament, tied for 128th.

The tournament continues June 3-4.

The Trojans will start the third day of play on the 10th hole for the second day in a row with times ranging from 7:18 to 7:54 a.m. (EST). They'll be playing with golfers from UNLV and Duke.

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 are being televised by The Golf Channel. The Golf Channel is broadcasting 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).

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