Troy 5 Strokes Off Lead After 36 Holes Of Pac-10 Championships

April 28, 2008

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A blistering first round turned into a challenging second round, but despite the roller coaster ride, the No. 3 USC men's golf team kept its collective head and found itself in the thick of things in its attempt to defend its 2007 conference crown after an opening 36 holes of the 2008 Pac-10 Championships on Monday (April 28) at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.

Playing in a format in which six players start and five scores count per round, USC finished the first day at a combined 2-over 712 (338-374). Troy was 17-under in the first round but had to fight its way back to 19-over in the second to pull within five strokes of first-place Stanford (3-under 707-350-357). Host Cal is second at 2-under 708 (346-362), UCLA is third at 1-under 709 (348-361), USC is fourth while Arizona is fifth at 4-over 714 (354-360) and Arizona State is sixth at 5-over 715 (354-361). Oregon State is seventh at 10-over 720 (354-366), Oregon is eighth at 12-over 722 (359-263), Washington is ninth at 14-over 724 (357-367) and Washington State is 10th at 39-over 749 (369-380).

Just as USC's first-round lead evaporated, so did most of Stanford's bulge that it built midway through the second round. After massive success on a front 9 that started on the 10th hole, a tough back 9 brought the Cardinal back to the pack.

Freshman Matt Giles proved to be USC's steadiest first-day golfer, finishing tied for fifth with a 3-under 139 (69-70). The Aussie birdied seven times against five bogeys in a 2-under first round and birdied six more times in a second round. Giles is tied with two other players, all a shot behind a quartet of golfers tied at 4-under.

Sophomore Jamie Lovemark, the defending 2007 Pac-10 medalist, torched the course for a first-round 5-under 66 in a round that included six birdies against just one bogey. But like most of his teammates, Lovemark struggled during the second-round's front 9, making the turn at 5 over. He found his game and was 3-under on the back 9 after a birdie on the 14th hole and an eagle on the 15th, but the momentum was tempered by two bogeys to close out the round. He is tied for 12th at 1-under 141 (66-74).

Junior Tom Glissmeyer, sophomore Rory Hie and freshman Tim Sluiter are tied for 25th at 2-over 144. Sluiter and Hie opened the day with 4-under 67s but closed with 6-over 77s while Glissmeyer fired a 69 to start before finishing with a 75. Junior Gavin Reid, tied for 51st at 9-over 151 (72-79), rounded out USC's efforts.

Sluiter's first round featured four birdies and an eagle on 15, but the freshman, after a birdie to open his second round, went without any more red on the scorecard for the remainder of the round.

As for Hie, the sophomore had four birdies in both rounds, but his second was dotted by a few more miscues that sent his score into the black.

An eagle on the par 4 16th hole complimented two birdies for Glissmeyer in his first round, but his three birdies in the second round only partially offset some of that round's troubles.

Reid had two birdies in a 1-over first round. He had two more in the second round, but too many bogeys got the best of him during the late afternoon play.

Play continues Tuesday at 8 a.m. USC's action starts at 8:48 a.m.

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