Trojans Punch Ticket To NCAA Championships Final
May 22, 2010
Freshman T.J. Vogel was 2-under while freshman Martin Trainer and junior Matt Giles added par rounds as USC finished second at the 2010 NCAA Championships Regional at Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash., on Saturday (May 22).
USC earned its fourth straight team trip to the NCAAs by taking second at 9-over 873 (297-289-287). The top five teams in each regional - three with 13 teams and three with 14 teams -- will advance to the NCAA Championship final, scheduled for June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Host Washington won the region going away at 20-under 844. Behind USC in third was San Diego at 10-over 874 while Oregon State was fourth (876) and Illinois was fifth (877), rounding out the five teams that moved on. Middle Tennessee State was sixth at 879.
Vogel (74-75-70) and Trainer (75-72-72) tied for 21st at 3-over 219 while freshman Sam Smith tied for 24th at 4-over 220 (73-72-75). Giles (77-72-72) and sophomore Steve Lim (75-73-73) tied for 29th at 5-over 221.
Vogel turned in a great final round that included birdies on 3, 8 and 18 with only a bogey on 16. Giles' final round saw him go 2-under with birdies on 2 and 6 before bogeys on 8 and 9 evened the round. He briefly dropped to 1-over but returned to par with a birdie on 14.
Trainer had the steadiest day on the team with a birdie on 9, a bogey on 11 and pars the rest of the way. Smith, USC's leader entering the final round, was at par through 14 holes before a couple hiccups on 15 and 16 moved him to 3-over for the round. Lim had the most eventful day, mixing four birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey, finishing at 1-over.