Ben Hayes Wins Individual Title, Leads Trojans To Team Title At Opus Husky Invitational

Sept. 28, 2004

Seattle, Wash. -

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Senior Trojan golfer Ben Hayes won his first-career individual title with a 4-under 212 on Tuesday as USC men's golf opened its 2003-2004 season with the team championship at the Opus Huskey Invitational held at the Golf Mountain Course.

Troy shot a 54-hole total of 1,085 to capture the title by seven strokes over Brigham Young (1,092). Host Washington was third (1,094), while Minnesota and Coastal Carolina tied for fourth (1,107).

It's the first team title for USC since winning the Pac-10 Championships in April of 2002.

Hayes followed up a first-round 69 with a second-round 71 and a third-round 72 to win the individual crown by one stroke over Oscar Alvarez of BYU (213). Greg Machtaler of BYU, Josh Persons of Minnesota and Alex Prugh of Washington tied for third (214).

Hayes' title is the first by a Trojan since David Oh won the Long Cove Invitational in 2001. Hayes' previous best finish was a tie for third last season.

Also for USC, junior Taylor Wood shot 216 to finish 10th (his total included a first-round 68), junior Tyler Ley shot 218 to tie for 12th, sophomore Jordan Nasser shot 220 to tie for 16th, junior Bradley Shaw shot 222 to tie for 18th and sophomore Joshua Wooding shot 229 to finish 40th and

USC coach Kurt Schuette's teams have now won 20 team titles and 28 individual crowns.

The Trojans next compete at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Old Overton, Ala., on Oct. 11-12.

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