Trojans In 5th After NCAA West Region First Round
May 14, 2009
Results at Golfstat.com.
Sophomore Matt Giles fired a 7-under 65 while senior Tom Glissmeyer and freshman Steve Lim were both even to lead the No. 3 USC men's golf team to fifth place on the first day of the NCAA West Regional on Thursday (May 14) at the Lake Merced G.C. in Daly City, Calif.
A combined 81 teams are playing concurrently at six NCAA regions and only the top five out of each field will advance to the NCAA Championships final, May 26-30, at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
A solid start, some struggles in the middle and a fiery finish (8-under on the final five holes) spelled a combined 3-under 285 for the Trojans in the first round, six shots off first-place Arizona State (279). New Mexico was second (280) while Texas A&M is third (281) and Oregon is fourth (282). San Diego is sixth at 2-under 286.
Giles, who some four weeks ago registered a 63, came close to that on Thursday with his 65 that gave him a one-stroke lead after 18 holes. Giles was 4-under after the first nine holes, including an eagle on 9. With four more birdies in the back 9, he got to 18 at 8-under before a bogey on the final hole dropped him back to 7-under. The 65 was his team-best 10th round in the 60s this season.
Lim, who has four finishes in the top 31 this year, is tied for 20th with Glissmeyer at 72. Glissmeyer, who has six top 21 finishes, was 1-under going out and 1-over coming in. He had an eagle and three birdies, but a triple bogey on 10 softened the round. Lim was 2-over going out, 2-under coming in.
The event continues Friday and Saturday.