Team Effort Leads USC To Highest NCAA Championships Finish Since 1995

June 4, 2005


Senior Ben Hayes and junior Tyler Ley both came through with par performances to help USC finish sixth at the 2005 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., on Saturday (June 4), Troy's highest NCAA placing since taking fifth in 1995.

The Trojans, who hadn't finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships since 1996, shot a combined 284 (+4) in mild weather on Saturday, staying dry after a rainy Friday outing. USC finished with a combined 1159 (+39), 24 strokes behind NCAA champion Georgia, which led wire-to-wire and won with a 1135 (+15). Out of six Pac-10 schools competing in the 30-team field, only third-place Washington (1153, +33) finished higher than Troy.

Hayes and Ley struggled for the first three days of the tournament but rallied to post 70s on the final round of play. Junior Bradley Shaw came back from a rough Friday to post a 73, his third round out of four that was plus-3 or lower.

Junior Taylor Wood and sophomore Joshua Wooding entered the final day tied for sixth overall and both continued their consistently fine play. Wood shot a 71 (+1) to finish tied for seventh among all golfers at 283 (+3) while Wooding shot a 73 (+3) to finish tied for 13th at 285 (+5).

Shaw wrapped up play 50th overall at 296 (+16), Hayes was tied for 54th at 298 (+18) while Ley finished 72nd at 304 (+24).

Hayes' final round as a Trojan featured three birdies while Ley's roller-coaster afternoon saw him counter six bogeys with six birdies. Wood was a model of consistency with just two bogeys and one birdie in 18 holes. Wooding had two birdies and Shaw had three.

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