USC Climbs Back Into Contention At NCAA Championships

May 27, 2009

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A rain delay that wiped out a large portion of the action Wednesday (May 27) at the 2009 NCAA Championships at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, also served as a refresh button for the No. 3 USC men's golf team.

Struggles from Tuesday's first round trickled over to the second round, where the Trojans got off to another slow start. But after a downpour halted play for four-and-a-half hours during the middle of the first wave of play, USC got hot.

The Trojans finished the back 9 a collective 15-under to finish the second round at 3-under 281 and bring their two-day total to 18-over 586 (305-281). USC sliced 24 shots from day one to day two. The 13th hole was especially good to the Trojans, all of whom birdied the hole. USC also carded three birdies apiece on 11, 17 and 18.

The rain delay will force half the field to complete the second round on Thursday morning. USC will finish at best tied for eighth (it is tied for 16th at this writing), but at worst the Trojans have given themselves a chance to finish in the top 8 after Thursday's play. The top eight teams in the 30-team field will advance to a match-play tournament to decide the national champion.

Senior Tom Glissmeyer and sophomores Matt Giles and Tim Sluiter were all 1-under on Wednesday while senior Ryan Linton carded a par and freshman Steve Lim was 1-over.

For Glissmeyer and Giles, the pair have matching 144s (74-70) and are tied for 27th. Glissmeyer was 4-over through 10 holes, but birdied five of his final eight holes to go under par. Giles, meanwhile, was Troy's top player on the front 9 at par with three birdies and three bogeys and finished the back 9 at 1-under.

Sluiter shaved nine strokes off his first-round total and is now tied for 93rd in the 156-person field at 7-over 149 (79-70). He was 3-over on the back 9 Wednesday before going 4-under on the back 9 with five birdies and one bogey.

Lim is tied for 102nd at 8-over 150 (78-72). He was 5-over on the front 9, but used four birdies to get back to 1-over.

Linton tied his second-best round of the season and is now tied for 127th at 10-over 152 (81-71). He started the round with bogeys on the first two holes, but four birdies against a double bogey got him back to par for the round.

The Trojans' tee time and pairing for Thursday's final round of individual play will not be determined until after the completion of the second round, which is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. EDT.

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