Trojans At Callaway Collegiate Match Play
March 19, 2010
The No. 15 USC men's golf team (as ranked by Golfweek.com), led by two-time All-American Matt Giles and an up-and-coming group of underclassmen spearheaded by freshmen T.J. Vogel and Martin Trainer, continues the spring slate at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, March 21-23, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course at Dove Mountain in Tucson, Ariz.
The 2010 Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship is a 16-team, four-round tournament on the par 72, 7,833-yard Jack Nicklaus-designed course.Each team will play two matches Sunday (March 21) with an 8 a.m. PDT shotgun start starting play. Single rounds will be played on Monday and Tuesday beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
First-round matches are as follows based on seed (listed): (1) Stanford vs. (16) Indiana, (8) USC vs. (9) TCU, (4) Arizona State vs. (13) Iowa, (5) UCLA vs. (12) Colorado State, (3) Texas A&M vs. (14) Arizona, (6) UNLV vs. (11) Middle Tennessee State, (7) Texas Tech vs. (10) San Diego, and (2) Washington vs. (15) New Mexico.
Live results of the event will be available at Golfstat.com.
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 Prestige at PGA West. USC also tied for sixth at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle. Troy opened the spring semester with a ninth-place finish at the Mauna Lani Invitational, a tie for fourth at its own USC Collegiate Invitational and a tie for third at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
The Trojans have received contributions from everyone on the roster this year.
Freshman T.J. Vogel is USC's hottest golfer, posting back-to-back second place finishes in USC's last two events. He finished alone in second at the USC Collegiate, where he carded a 9-under 204 (70-63-71). His second-round score was two off the tournament record and USC's lowest of the season. He followed it with a tie for second at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, where he finished 4-over 220 (71-72-77).Overall in six starts, has four top 30 finishes. His stroke average of 73.22 leads the team.
Sophomore Steve Lim has been steady all season for the Trojans and boasts USC's second-best stroke average (73.62) among Troy's regulars. He also owns USC's third-highest individual finish this year, a tie for third at The Prestige at 4-under 212 (72-71-69). He also tied for 13th at the Gifford Collegiate (4-under 212, 70-69-73) and at the USC Collegiate (2-under 211, 69-73-69).
Junior reserve Daniel Park entered the spring with the squad's low stroke average and is currently second (73.42), 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).
Martin Trainer has been a consistent performer as a freshman with four top 21 finishes. His stroke average of 73.86 is fourth best on the team. He tied for 12th at the Ping-Golfweek Preview, tied for 18th at The Prestige at 3-over 219 (74-71-74), tied for 19th at the Olympia Fields-Fighting Illini Invitational and tied for 21st at the Mauna Lani Invitational.
Junior Matt 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.
Junior Bo DeHuff has seen action in five events, highlighted by a tie for 26th at the Bill Cullum Invitational, where he led USC finishers.
Freshman Stewart Hagestad has seen action in four events and has two top 30 finishes. At the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Hagestad turned in a season-best tie for 21st. At the USC Collegiate he finished with back-to-back 69s to tie for 43rd.
Freshman Sam Smith, in six outings, has one top 30 finish.