USC Preparing To Host 2006 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships
April 18, 2006
USC's men's golf team is serving as host to the 2006 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship from Monday to Wednesday (April 24-26) at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
The 47th Pac-10 Championships will take place on Bighorn's Canyons Course (Par 71, 7,009 yards). After a practice round on Sunday (April 23), Monday's action will feature 36 holes, followed by 18 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Play starts at 7:30 a.m. each day.
ATTENDING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
If you plan to attend any day of the tournament as a spectator, please call 213-740-0687 to be put on a list. Admission is free.
Within the USC-UCLA Lexus Gauntlet competition, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports, points for golf are awarded to the highest finisher between the crosstown rivals at the Pac-10 Championships. The Trojans currently maintain a commanding lead of 52.5 to 20 (prior to this week's men's and women's tennis events). Five points are up for grabs for both men's and women's golf. USC and UCLA need 57.5 points to clinch.
Per a blind draw by Pac-10 officials, the team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:
Group 1 (1st Tee - 7:30 a.m.): Arizona State, Oregon StateGroup 2 (1st Tee - 8:18 a.m.): USC, Washington StateGroup 3 (1st Tee - 9:06 a.m.): Arizona, OregonGroup 4 (10th Tee - 7:50 a.m.): UCLA, CaliforniaGroup 5 (10th Tee - 8:38 a.m.): Washington, Stanford
The five individuals from each team with the low scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awardedto the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.
As of April 11, the Golfweek/Sagarin Index shows that five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-30 . . . UCLA is ranked No. 5, followed by Arizona State at No. 8, Arizona at No. 24, USC at No. 28 and Washington at No. 29. Stanford is No. 45, Washington State is No. 83, California is No. 94, Oregon is No. 115 and Oregon State is No. 119. UCLA's Erik Flores is the Pac-10's highest ranked individual at No. 9. USC senior Taylor Wood is USC's highest at No. 49.
RECAP Of THE 2005 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
USC finished seventh at last year's conference championships, 19 shots back of Washington and Arizona State, who tied for first. Washington's Erik Olson won the individual title with a 276 and returns to defend his title. Junior Joshua Wooding was USC's top finisher, tying for 17th with a 286.
USC'S PAC-10 HISTORY
The Trojans have won the Pac-10 title a conference best 17 times, most recently in 2001 and 2002. USC won the crown 15 times between 1962 and 1986. Troy boasts 19 individual champions, though none since Sam Randolph tied for the title in 1983.
USC THIS SEASON
Senior Taylor Wood leads the Trojans in stroke average (72.28) and has been USC's highest finisher three times in 10 tournaments, including a season-best tie for second last week at the U.S. Intercollegiate by the Maple Fund. He also has four top 10 finishes.
Junior Joshua Wooding is next with a 73.05. He opened the year with a season-best 2nd at the Inverness Intercollegiate and has four top 20 finishes.
Senior Tyler Ley has a stroke average of 73.58, has been USC's highest finisher in three tournaments (and tied for the lead in another) and has four top 20 finishes. Junior Jordan Nasser is next at 74.52. His season-best tie for 18th at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational led the Trojans.
Senior Bradley Shaw has averaged 74.49 with a season-best eighth last week at the U.S. Intercollegiate by the Maple Fund. Shaw also tied for eighth at the Taylor Made Intercollegiate and was tied for team best at the event with Ley.
Freshmen Ryan Linton (75.00) and Tom Glissmeyer (77.09) have seen action in four tournaments while freshman Lee Harris has played once.