Men's Golf Fall Season Review
Nov. 15, 2001
If the USC men's golf team's fall season was any indicator, this could turn out to be one the better seasons for Trojan golf in quite some time.
In four tournaments, Troy finished second three times and fourth another time. Its team stroke average of 285.2 is an improvement of nearly four strokes under last fall's mark. What's more, according to Golfstat, USC is first in the nation in the team head-to-head standings with a record of 282-3. All of this is despite losing 2001 second-team All-American Hunter Mahan, who transferred to Oklahoma State, and All-Pac-10 performers Nick Jones and Alex Kuyumjian, who graduated.
Junior David Oh and senior Kevin Stadler have emerged as the squad leaders thus far. Oh has two top five finishes, including a first place at the Long Cove Invitational in November. For the season, Oh is has a team-low stroke average of 71.1 and has a team-low round of 65 to his credit. Stadler played in three tournaments and has a stroke average of 71.6 and two top five finishes.
The Trojans have been buoyed by the play of two fantastic freshman golfers. According to Golfstat, Ben Hayes and Nico Bollini make up the sixth-best freshman contingent in the country, as Bollini has a stroke average of 72.1 (including two top 20 finishes) and Hayes checks in at 73.7 (with two top 13 finishes).
USC ends the fall season ranked seventh by Golfweek.