Troy Leads USC Collegiate After 36 Holes
March 3, 2008
On a day beset by gusty winds that played havoc with the ball in the fairways and on the greens, the host Trojans' dominant first round offset a shaky second as Troy finished the first 36 holes of the USC Collegiate Invitational with the lead on Monday (March 3) at North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif.
USC, when the wind was at its worst, scorched the course for an even 284 in the first round before falling off to a 307 in the second round. The collective first round of 23-over 591 was good enough to maintain the lead headed into Tuesday's final round, which begins off the 1st and 10th tees at 7:30 a.m.
Pepperdine, 19 shots back of Troy after 18 holes, climbed into second-place at 28-over 596 (309-287). BYU is in third at 33-over (311-290).
USC freshman Matthew Giles was USC's most consistent golfer on the day, finishing tied for third at 3-over 145 (68-77). His 3-under 68 first round led all golfers and featured five birdies, all coming during an eight-hole stretch between the 9th and 16th holes.
Giles is four strokes back of first place Jason D'Amore of Loyola Marymount (1-under, 141, 74-67). Washington's Darren Wallace is second at 2-over 144 (74-70) while Pepperdine's Jesse Barnsley is tied with Giles.
Sophomore Rory Hie, the defending individual champion of the event, fired a 2-under 69 to open play and is tied for 12th at 7-over 149 (69-80). Sophomore Jamie Lovemark is tied for 14th at 8-over 150 (78-72), shaking off a rough first round with a 1-over second-round effort.
Four Trojans are playing individually and not counting toward USC's team totals, including freshman Tim Sluiter, who is tied for eighth at 6-over 148 (73-75). Additionally, freshman Gavin Reid is tied for 43rd at 13-over 155 (77-78), freshman Daniel Park is tied for 70th and redshirt freshman Bo DeHuff is tied for 78th.
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