Men's Golf Places Second At Cleveland Golf Collegiate Classic
March 2, 2004
Westlake Village, Calif. -
The No. 22 USC men's golf team shot 293 on Tuesday to finish 10 over par and second to team champion Texas at the 27th annual Cleveland Golf Collegiate Classic held at North Ranch Country Club.
The Trojans shot a 54-hole total of 862, 15 strokes back of the No. 10 Longhorns, who shot 5-under 847. TCU and BYU tied for third at 872, while California was fifth at 874.
'I'm really proud of the way the guys battled,' said USC head coach Kurt Schuette. 'I'm not just referring to the five scoring members of the team, but to the individuals as well. The conditions were extremely difficult as far as wind and rain thoughout the entire tournament. We still have plenty of room for improvement, but it was nice to be in position to win. In time, I feel we'll have a team that will be much more confident and poised and ready to challenge for tournament titles.
'This experience will make us that much better prepared the next time we challenge for a tournament crown.'
USC out-performed several teams ranked higher than the Trojans in the polls, including No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 8 TCU, No. 16 California, No. 19 Arkansas, No. 20 Washington and No. 21 BYU.
Four USC golfers placed in the top 26 individually led by senior Scott Oxandaboure, who shot 214 (including a first-round 68) to finish eighth. A fifth Trojan--sophomore Tyler Ley--tied for 14th (216) while competing as an individual.
Texas golfers captured three of the top four spots as Matthew Rosenfeld shot 208 (-5) to win the individual crown, while teammates Jeff Bell and Jason Hartwick tied for second at 209 along with Peter Tomasulo of California.
For the Trojans, sophomore Taylor Wood shot 218 (including a second-round 69) to tie for 22nd, junior Ben Hayes and freshman Joshua Wooding tied for 26th (219) and junior Nico Bollini tied for 32nd (221).
USC is next in action at EZ-GO Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, GA, on March 20-21.