Lim In 1st, USC 2nd After Thunderbird Day One
April 2, 2010
Sophomore Steve Lim charged into first place while junior Matt Giles and freshman T.J. Vogel were also under par on Friday to help the No. 12 USC men's golf team claim second place after a 36-hole first day of the 38th annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational on Friday (April 2) at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz.
USC, which has posted top four finishes in its last three events, combined for a 12-under 556 (278-278), two strokes back of first-place Arizona (554). UCLA is in third at 10-under 558.
Lim, USC's steadiest golfer this season, holds a two-stroke lead at 9-under 133 (68-65), posting his lowest round as a Trojan as sunset approached today. He opened with a seven-birdie first round. He followed it with a second-round that featured six birdies and 12 pars. Lim's highest finish this season is a tie for third.
Giles is tied for seventh at 4-under 138 (70-68). His first round featured four birdies against three bogeys and his second included five birdies and two bogeys.
Vogel, who is coming off back-to-back top 2 finishes in his last two events, is tied for 11th at 2-under 140 (69-71). He started his first round at 3-over through five holes, but birdied six of his next nine holes to reclaim the round. He had four birdies in the second round.
Action concludes Saturday.