Pac-10 Championships Next For No. 10 USC
April 22, 2010
The No. 10 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, will play for the Trojans 19th conference title in program history Monday through Wednesday (April 26-28) at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz.
Teams will play two rounds Monday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT. The third round also begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and the final round tees off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
USC'S HISTORY AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Trojans have won the Pac-10 title a conference-best 18 times, including a dominating 36-stroke win in 2007. USC came close to make it 19 times in 2008 with back-to-back wins (like they did in 2001 and 2002), but fell in a playoff to ASU ... Troy claimed the crown 15 times between 1962 and 1986 ... USC boasts 20 individual champions, including Jamie Lovemark in 2007, which ended a drought that dated back to Sam Randolph's tie for first in 1983 ... USC has also earned eight Pac-10 Golfer of the Year honors, including Matt Giles in 2009, Lovemark's 2007 distinction and Kevin Stadler's in 2002.
Within the USC-UCLA Crosstown Gauntlet competition, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports, points for men's golf are awarded to the highest finisher between the rivals at the Pac-10 Championships. Five points are up for grabs for men's golf. The winning school needs 57.5 points to clinch. USC currently leads 45-42.5.
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 top 4 finishes in four of the past five events. 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. At the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Troy held the lead for much of the final round before taking third, three strokes out of first. USC tied for fifth at the Stanford Intercollegiate, wrapping up regular-season play.
The Trojans have received contributions from everyone on the roster this year.
Freshman T.J. Vogel, ranked No. 34 in the nation by Golfweek.com, is USC's hottest golfer, posting back-to-back second place finishes, a tie for 22nd and a tie for eighth in USC's last four 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) ... His tie for eighth came at the Stanford Intercollegiate, where he carded a 2-under 208 (74-65-69). In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won three of his four matches. Overall in eight starts, he has three top 10 finishes and six in the top 30 ... His stroke average of 72.42 leads the team.
Sophomore Steve Lim, ranked No. 67, has been steady all season for the Trojans and boasts USC's second-best stroke average (73.07). He is tied for USC's second-highest individual finish this year, a tie for third at The Prestige at 4-under 212 (72-71-69) ... Lim also 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 ... He has a team-best seven rounds in the 60s.
Junior Matt Giles is heating up for the Trojans. He tied for 10th to lead USC at the season-opening Olympia Fields and has posted back-to-back top 16s in his last two events. He turned in a season-best tie for third at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, carding a 6-under 207 (70-68-69) and was under par in all three rounds. He followed it with a tie for 16th at the Stanford Intercollegiate at even 210 (70-70-70). In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won two of four matches. Giles also has two other top 30 finishes.
Martin Trainer, ranked No. 84, has been a consistent performer as a freshman with five top 21 finishes and three others in the top 40. His stroke average of 73.26 is third-best on the team. He posted a season-best tie 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 the Stanford Intercollegiate 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 seven 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 seven 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.