Men's Golf Heads To NCAA Championships

May 27, 2004

Los Angeles -

THE TOURNEY--The No. 11 USC men's golf team travels to Hot Springs, Virg., for the 2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships held at The Homestead Course on June 1-4 (Tues.-Fri.). Virginia Tech is the host institution.

FORMAT--A total of 30 teams and six individuals will compete at the tournament. Four rounds (72-holes) will be played on the par 70, 6,679-yard course.

LAST YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIPS--The USC men's golf team shot 1,221 (+69) to finish 14th at the 2003 Men's Golf Championships held at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek Golf Course. It was the best finish for the Trojans at the NCAAs since also placing 14th in 1997. Freshman Taylor Wood led the Trojans, shooting 303 to tied for 35th.

USC AT THE NCAAs--This will be USC's 45th NCAA Finals appearance. The Trojans have placed in the top 10 26 times, including six third-place finishes.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--USC has 10 top-10 finishes and seven top-5 finishes so far this season. The Trojans' best finish was a second place at the Cleveland Golf Classic.

LEADING THE WAY--A pair of juniors lead the way for the Trojans, as Ben Hayes' 72.66 stroke average tops the squad, followed by Nico Bollini at 72.69.

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

USC NCAA TOP 10 FINISHES

Year Finish Site1940 6th Ekwanok C.C. (Manchester, VT)1951 10th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)1952 6th Purdue University Course (W. Lafayette, IN)1954 8th Braeburn C.C. (Houston, TX)1956 7th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)1958 3rd Taconic G.C. (Williamstown, PA)1960 8th Broadmoor G.C. (Colorado Springs, CO)1961 3rd Purdue University Course (W. Lafayette, IN)1962 10th Duke University G.C. (Durham, N.C.)1963 4th Wichita C.C. (Wichita, KS)1964 3rd Broadmoor G.C. (Colorado Springs, CO)1965 3rd Holston Hills C.C. (Knoxville, TN)1966 3rd Stanford University G.C. (Stanford, CA)1971 6th Tucson National G.C. (Tucson, AZ)1973 7th Stillwater C.C. (Stillwater, OK)1974 4th Carlton Oaks C.C. (Santee, CA)1975 3rd Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)1976 7th Univ. of New Mexico G.C. (Albuquerque, NM)1977 5th Seven Oaks G.C. (Hamilton, NY)1979 9th Bermuda Run C.C. (Wake Forest)1980 8th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)1984 8th Bear Creek Golf World (Houston, TX)1986 8th Bermuda Run G.C. (Wake Forest)1991 7th Poppy Hills G.C. (Pebble Beach, CA)1995 5th Scarlet G.C. (Ohio State)1996 9th The Honors Course (Chattanooga, TN)

Participating Schools

ClemsonPenn StateGeorgiaGeorgia TechFloridaAuburnGeorgia StateRhode IslandVanderbiltNorth CarolinaKentuckyOklahoma StateOklahomaTexas A&MTexasTCUPurdueWichita StateSMUKent StateUCLANew MexicoArizonaArizona StateBrigham YoungUSCToledoCaliforniaPepperdineWashington

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