Trojans In Hawaii To Kick Off Spring Semester Slate

Feb. 1, 2010

The No. 16 USC men's golf team is in Hawaii this week to kick off the spring semester and play in the 20th annual Mauna Lani Invitational in Kohala Coast, Wednesday through Friday (Feb. 3-5).

In addition to USC, the 22-team field this year includes host Hawaii-Hilo, Colorado, Hawaii-Manoa, San Jose State, Stanford, Cal State East Bay, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Sonoma State, Rhode Island, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Davis, Texas, Stanford, Oregon, Washington, San Francisco, UCLA and Florida State.

Action begins Wednesday with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. HST. Action begins with shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. Fourth-year head coach Chris Zambri will field a unit that includes juniors Matt Giles and Bo DeHuff, sophomore Steve Lim and freshmen Martin Trainer, Sam Smith and Stewart Hagestad.

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USC, which lost three All-Americans from last season (Jamie Lovemark, Tim Sluiter and Tom Glissmeyer), competed in four team events in the fall season, finishing as high as a tie for fourth at The Presitge at PGA West. USC also tied for sixth at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle.

The Trojans, led by two-time All-American junior Matt Giles, have received contributions from everyone on the roster so far this year.

Junior Daniel Park enters the spring with the squad's low stroke average (73.22), thanks in part to a tie for 13th at The Prestige, where he registered a 2-over 218 (74-71-73). He also tied for 28th at the Gifford Collegiate at par 216 (70-75-71).

Freshman Martin Trainer leads USC's group of four freshmen with three top 20 finishes and a stroke average of 73.25. He tied for 12th at the Ping-Golfweek Preview, tied for 18th at The Prestige at 3-over 219 (74-71-74) and tied for 19th at the Olympia Fields-Fighting Illini Invitational.

Sophomore Steve Lim boasts USC's highest individual finish this year, a tie for third at The Prestige at 4-under 212 (72-71-69) and was also USC's highest finisher , tying for 13th at 4-under 212 (70-69-73) at the Gifford Collegiate.

Junior Bo DeHuff has seen action in three events, highlighted by a tie for 26th at the Bill Cullum Invitational, where he led USC finishers.

Giles tied for 10th to lead USC at the season-opening Olympia Fields, but has not cracked the top 10 since. Ranked among the nation's top golfers as a sophomore, Giles looks to get untracked this spring.

Freshman T.J. Vogel, in four starts, has a pair of top 30 finishes while fellow freshman Sam Smith has one. Rounding out the freshman class is Stewart Hagestad, who has seen action in two events.

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