Men's Golf In Eighth With One Round To Go At NCAA Championships

May 29, 2003

Stillwater, Oklah. - The No. 19 USC men's golf team fired a 298 on Thursday and is in eighth place with one round to go at the 2003 NCAA Men's Golf Championships held at Karsten Creek Golf Course.

USC has a 54-hole total of 909, 21 strokes behind team leader Clemson (888). Oklahoma State is second (889), UCLA and Florida are tied for third (899) and Wake Forest is fifth (900).

If the Trojans can hold on to their position, it will be their best finish at the NCAAs since placing fifth in 1995.

Freshman Taylor Wood leads Troy after shooting a 73 in the third round. He is tied for 23rd with a total of 224. Senior Chris Botsford also shot 73 and is tied for 30th (226).

Lee Williams of Auburn is the overall leader at 212. There is a three-way tie for second that includes John Holmes of Kentucky, Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State and Chris Stroud of Lamar. All three have a total of 217.

Also for Troy, sophomore Nico Bollini is tied for 40th (229), freshman Ben Hayes is tied for 48th (230) and senior David Oh is 87th (240).

The NCAA Championships conclude on Friday with 18 holes beginning at 7 a.m. CT.

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