Trojans Look To Keep Momentum Building At U.S. Intercollegiate
April 6, 2010
The No. 12 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 sophomore Steve Lim and freshmen T.J. Vogel and Martin Trainer, plays in its final regular-season event of the year at the 2010 U.S. Intercollegiate at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C. Sunday through Tuesday (April 11-13).
The 20-team field consists of Arizona State, California, Denver, Fresno State, Hawaii, Lamar, Long Beach State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
USC last won the event in 2008, also the same year former Trojan Rory Hie won the individual title. Troy also won team titles at the event in 2002, 1997, 1987, 1986, 1984 and 1969.
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.
USC has shown steady improvement in the spring season and has produced four consecutive top 4 finishes. Troy opened the semester with a ninth-place finish at the Mauna Lani Invitational and followed it with a tie for fourth at its own USC Collegiate Invitational and a tie for third at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. USC then reached the final of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, where it fell to New Mexico. USC defeated TCU, Stanford and Colorado State to reach the final. Most recently, at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Troy held the lead for much of the final round before taking third, three strokes out of first.
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 and a tie for 22nd in USC's last three stroke-play 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). In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won three of his four matches. Overall in six starts, has four top 30 finishes. His stroke average of 72.86 leads the team.
Sophomore Steve Lim has been steady all season for the Trojans and boasts USC's second-best stroke average (73.08). 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) ... Lim battled for his first individual title at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational before tying for eighth with a 5-under 208 (68-65-75) ... He tied for 13th at the Gifford Collegiate (4-under 212, 70-69-73) and at the USC Collegiate (2-under 211, 69-73-69). In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won three of his four matches.
Junior Matt Giles tied for 10th to lead USC at the season-opening Olympia Fields and, in USC's most recent outing, posted a season-best tie for third at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. He carded a 6-under 207 (70-68-69) and was under par in all three rounds. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won two of four matches. Giles also has two other top 30 finishes as he looks to gain some momentum as the postseason nears.
Martin Trainer has been a consistent performer as a freshman with four top 21 finishes and three others in the top 40. His stroke average of 73.58 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. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, Trainer won his first three matches and halved his final match (before falling in sudden death).
Junior Bo DeHuff has seen action in six events, highlighted by a tie for 26th at the Bill Cullum Invitational, where he led USC finishers. He turned in his second-best effort playing as an individual at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, tying for 42nd and carding an opening-round 69, his best round as a Trojan.
Freshman Stewart Hagestad has seen action in six events and has two top 30 finishes. At the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Hagestad turned in a season-best tie for 21st and tied for 29th at the Mauna Lani Invitational. At the USC Collegiate he finished with back-to-back 69s to tie for 43rd. Hagestad also played at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, winning once.
Junior reserve Daniel Park entered the spring with the squad's low stroke average and is currently third (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).
Freshman Sam Smith, in six outings, has one top 30 finish and three others in the top 45. His stroke average is 75.16. His best finish of the season was a tie for 28th at the Gifford Collegiate Invitational, where he finished the event at par.