Men's Golf Heads To NCAA Championships

May 24, 2003

THE TOURNEY--The No. 19 USC men's golf team travels to Stillwater, Okla., this week to compete with 29 other teams in the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championships hosted by Oklahoma State University, May 27-30 (Tues.-Fri.) at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The Trojans are making their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2000 and are seeking their first-ever NCAA team title.

FORMAT--The teams will play 18 holes each day, 72 total. Play on Tuesday thru Thursday starts at 7 a.m., while Friday's round starts at 8 a.m.

NCAA WEST REGIONALS--USC secured its first NCAA Championship bid since 2000 by tying for seventh at the NCAA West Regionals at Auburn, Wash., on May 17. Freshman Taylor Wood was USC's top individual, as he shot an even-par 216 to tie for 12th.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--USC has seven top 10 finishes so far this season. The Trojans' best finish was at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, where they shot a school-record 832 over 54 holes to finish second. USC's schedule is ranked the second toughest in the nation by Golfstat. The Trojans have beaten No. 3 Texas head-to-head three times and No. 5 Arizona twice.

USC AT THE NCAAs--This will be USC's 44th NCAA tournament appearance. The Trojans have placed in the top 10 26 times, including six third-place finishes.

LIVE STATS--Stats for the tournament can be accessed through www.golfstat.com.

NCAA RosterName            Height  Class           Hometown/High SchoolNico Bollini	6-1	Sophomore	Yorba Linda, Calif. (Servite)Chris Botsford	5-10	Senior	        Pasadena, Calif. (San Marino)Ben Hayes	6-2	Sophomore	Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Brophy College Prep)David Oh	5-11	Senior	        Cerritos, Calif. (Whitney)Taylor Wood	5-10	Freshman	Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Santa Margarita)

DIRECTOR OF GOLF/MEN'S HEAD COACH: Kurt SchuetteCOACH: Ted GleasonTEAM SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST: Dr. David Wright, Ph.D.

USC Men's Golf Under Kurt Schuette

In his career, Schuette has coachedor recruited:* 14 Division I first-team All-Americans* 20 All-Pacific-10 Conference first-team selections* 27 Division I tournament medalists* The 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Ben Hayes* The 2002 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, Kevin Stadler, who was also a 2002 All-American second-teamer* The 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Hunter Mahan, who was also a 2001 All-American second-teamer, the 2000 AJGA Player of the Year and the 1999 U.S. Junior Champion

His men's teams have won:* 19 Division I team titles* Two Pac-10 team titles (2001 and 2002)

His former players include:* One PGA Tour winner* Three PGA Tour Players* One two-time Nike Tour winner* Seven Nike or Buy.com Tour players* Numerous State Amateur and Open winners* The 2002 Wester Amateur co-medalist, Kevin Stadler* The 1997 U.S. Amateur medalist, Roger Tambellini

USC's Top 10 NCAA Finishes

			                                        StrokesYear	Finish	Site	                                        Behind Winner1940	6th	Ekwanok C.C. (Manchester, VT)	                161951	10th	Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)	                281952	6th	Purdue University Course (W. Lafayette, IN)	141954	8th	Braeburn C.C. (Houston, TX)	                251956	7th	Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)	                81958	3rd	Taconic G.C. (Williamstown, PA)	                131960	8th	Broadmoor G.C. (Colorado Springs, CO)	        151961	3rd	Purdue University Course (W. Lafayette, IN)	121962	10th	Duke University G.C. (Durham, N.C.)	        341963	4th	Wichita C.C. (Wichita, KS)	                61964	3rd	Broadmoor G.C. (Colorado Springs, CO)	        161965	3rd	Holston Hills C.C. (Knoxville, TN)	        131966	3rd	Stanford University G.C. (Stanford, CA)	        131971	6th	Tucson National G.C. (Tucson, AZ)	        271973	7th	Stillwater C.C. (Stillwater, OK)	        261974	4th	Carlton Oaks C.C. (Santee, CA)	                191975	3rd	Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)	                341976	7th	Univ. of New Mexico G.C. (Albuquerque, NM)	181977	5th	Seven Oaks G.C. (Hamilton, NY)	                151979	9th	Bermuda Run C.C. (Wake Forest)	                261980	8th	Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)	                251984	8th	Bear Creek Golf World (Houston, TX)	        181986	8th	Bermuda Run G.C. (Wake Forest)	                181991	7th	Poppy Hills G.C. (Pebble Beach, CA)	        291995	5th	Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)	                81996	9th	The Honors Course (Chattanooga, TN)	        30

NCAA Individual Championships Won by Trojans1976 Scott Simpson1977 Scott Simpson1981 Ron Commans

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