Men's Golf Moves Up To Fifth After Second Day Of Pac-10 Golf Championships

April 27, 2004

Tucson, Ariz. -

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The USC men's golf team fired rounds of 371 and 364 to move into fifth place with one round left of the 2004 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships hosted by the University of Arizona at The Gallery at Dove Mountain Golf Club.

USC has a three-round total of 1,113 (+33), 37 strokes behind team leader Arizona State (1,076). Arizona is second (1,065), UCLA is third (1,087) and Washington is fourth (1,106).

Juniors Nico Bollini and Ben Hayes lead USC, tied for 14th with a total of 220. Hayes fired an even-par 72 in rounds two and three. They are both 11 strokes back of two Sun Devil golfers who are tied with the lead at 209--Alejandro Canizares and Chez Reavie.

Also for the Trojans, sophmore Taylor Wood is in 20th (222), senior Scott Oxandaboure is tied for 29th (226), sophomore Tyler Ley is tied for 35th (228) and freshman Joshua Wooding is 48th (235).

The Gallery continues to provide a stern test as just nine players are below par heading into Wednesday's final round. The Pac-10 Championships conclude Wednesday at The Gallery at Dove Mountain, a par 72, 7,435-yard layout. The conference championship is determined by teams of six players with the low five scores for each round counting toward the team total.

Third Round Quotes

USC Head Coach Kurt Schuette

'I feel good about our day. We played much better than we did yesterday.The guys kept their focus throughout. We did a better job of committingourselves.

'The greens were very difficult today. We had a hard time guessing becausethe winds were blowing really hard.

'I'm a little disappointed because a good team should come in and be four tosix strokes under par. We finished four-over; I know that we could dobetter.

'All in all I am very proud of the team. We improved greatly compared toyesterday.'

USC Junior Ben Hayes

'I'm happy about my round today. It started tough, but I hit the ball greatand kept my consistency throughout. I left a lot of putts. We all playedmuch better than we did yesterday. This is a very tough course, and I amproud that we improved from yesterday.'

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