Trojans Advance To Callaway Match Play Final
March 22, 2010
The No. 14-ranked and No. 8-seeded USC men's golf team continued its march through the 2010 Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship on Monday (March 22), defeating top-seed Stanford, 3-2, in the quarterfinals and then ousting No. 12 seed Colorado State, 3-2, in the semifinals at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course at Dove Mountain in Tucson, Ariz.
The Trojans will take on No. 15 seed New Mexico, which got by No. 3 seed Texas A&M, 3-2.
USC took a lead over Stanford on Sunday but play was suspended due to darkness. When play resumed, USC finished off the Cardinal for the win. Freshman T.J. Vogel knocked off Stanford's Sihwan Kim, 2 and 1, while sophomore Steve Lim beat Steve Ziegler, 4 and 3. Troy got its final point from freshman Martin Trainer, who hung on to defeat Andre DeDecker, 1-up.
Vogel and Lim controlled their matches from the start while Trainer came from behind and secured his win on the final hole. Stanford's Joseph Bramlett defeated junior Matt Giles, 1-up, while Trojan freshman Stewart Hagestad fell to Steven Kearney, 3 and 2.
In the match against the Rams, USC got wins from Lim, Trainer and Hagestad to advance to the final. Lim defeated Colorado State's Bryce Hanstad, 1-up, winning the final hole. Trainer never trailed in his match against Ryan Peterson, though Peterson tied it up on the 15th hole. Trainer retook the lead on 16 and held off Peterson for the 1-up win.
Hagestad turned a tied match through 11 holes into a four-hole lead by the 16th hole, ending the match over Zahkai Brown at 4 and 2. Vogel fell, 4 and 3, while Giles lost, 1-up.