USC Men's Golf Wins PING-Arizona Intercollegiate

Jan. 30, 2001

Tucson, Ariz. - Senior Alex Kuyumjian fired rounds of 68 and 67 en route to a career-low 206 to win the individual title as the No. 16 USC men's golf teed off the spring season by winning the team title at the Ping-Arizona Intercollegiate held at The Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday-Tuesday (Jan. 29-30).

The Trojans shot a three-round total of 833--the lowest 54-hole score in over 20 years at USC--to finish 22 strokes ahead of second-place California (855). It's Troy's second tourney win of the 2000-2001 season and the ninth championship won by the Trojans under head coach Kurt Schuette. The Arizona State junior varsity squad (862) tied for third with Ohio State, while South Carolina took fifth (863).

Kuyumjian--a 2000 All-Pac-10er who prepped at Westlake (Calif.) High--made his season debut a memorable one (he sat out the fall to concentrate on academics) with his first career individual title, the third by a Trojan this season (freshman Hunter Mahan had the other two this past fall). It's the most individual titles won by a USC squad since Troy won four in 1996-1997. Kuyumjian tied his career low with a 67 second round and finished two strokes ahead of co-runners up Kyle Thompson of South Carolina and David Wagenseller of Ohio State (208). Three other Trojans finished in the top 12, including junior Kevin Stadler (5th tie--210), senior Nick Jones (9th tie--212) and freshman Hunter Mahan (12th--213). Sophomore David Oh finished tied for 46th (222).

USC next travels to Hawaii to compete in the Taylor Made Big Island Invitational on Feb. 15-17.

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