Troy Falls In Playoff To ASU At Pac-10 Championships
April 30, 2008
USC's hopes to repeat as conference champs for the second time this decade were dashed in a one-hole, six-player playoff, the Trojans falling to Arizona State on the final day of a hotly contested 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., on Wednesday (April 30).
The Trojans began the day with a two-stroke lead over the Sun Devils, dropped into second - and then third - place before rallying during the final nine holes of the 72-hole three-day event, ultimately forcing a playoff.
USC finished regulation play at 15-over 1435 (338-374-357-366), tied with Arizona State (354-361-356-364). With the six competitors for each school playing the 18th hole for the playoff (with the top five scores counting), USC finished with a combined 23 strokes to Arizona State's 21, giving the Sun Devils their first Pac-10 title since 2000.
Host Cal was third (1438-346-362-371-359), UCLA took fourth (1439-348-361-372-358), day-one leader Stanford was fifth (1444-350-357-380-357), Arizona sixth (1446-354-360-381-351), Washington seventh (1459-357-367-370-365), Oregon State eighth (1094-354-366-374-367), Oregon ninth (1461-359-363-374-366) and Washington State 10th (1502-369-380-377-376).
With its finish ahead of the Bruins, Troy won the five points up for grabs in the USC-UCLA Lexus Gauntlet competition, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports. Points for men's golf are awarded to the highest finisher between the crosstown rivals at the Pac-10 Championships. USC now leads 57.5-37.5. As long as USC doesn't give back any Gauntlet points (possible only in baseball if the rivals were to meet in the postseason), the USC total clinches a Trojan win. Competitions against UCLA this weekend in rowing and men's and women's track and field could render the baseball scenario moot were USC to win at least one.
Trojan junior Tom Glissmeyer tied for sixth with a par 284 (69-74-72-68). The junior, who posted his second consecutive top 10 finish for the first time in his Trojan career, had a strong final round with four birdies and an eagle, his third of the tournament. But bogeys on the 17th and 18th hole kept him from a top 3 finish.
Sophomore Jamie Lovemark tied for eighth at 1-over 285 (66-74-71-73). The Pac-10's defending individual champion was 2-over after the front 9 and 4-over after 11 holes, but birdied three times on the way home to help keep his score near par. It was Lovemark's team-best seventh top 10 finish this season.
Freshman Matt Giles tied for 11th at 2-over 286 (69-70-71-76), his second highest finish as a Trojan. He had three birdies on the day, but finished with double bogey and bogey on the final two holes to drop him out of the top 10.
Sophomore Rory Hie tied for 21st at 6-over 290 (67-77-72-74). He was even heading into his final three holes, but finished with three bogeys in a row.
Freshman Tim Sluiter tied for 32nd at 10-over 294 (67-77-75-75). He went out in 3-over but knocked in three birdies on the way in to offset some other troubles, going 1-over on the back 9.
Junior Gavin Reid tied for 45th with a 14-over 298 (72-79-71-76). He got off to a rocky start, going 5-over on the front 9, but came home at par.
Arizona's Creighton Honeck won a one-hole playoff against UCLA's Kevin Chappell for the individual title.
USC will find out where it will begin its trek to win its first ever NCAA team title when the NCAA announces the 2008 NCAA Championships participants and the regions where they will play on Monday (May 5).