No. 10 USC Surges To Third In Pac-10 Championships First Day
April 26, 2010
Freshmen T.J. Vogel and Martin Trainer both finished in the top 10 while junior Matt Giles and sophomore Steve Lim joined them under par to lead the No. 10 USC men's golf team into third place after the 36-hole first day of the Arizona State-hosted 2010 Pac-10 Championships at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz., on Monday (April 26).
The Trojans, playing with four freshmen in the six-person lineup, combined for a first-day 21-under 689 (340-349), 14 shots behind day-one leader Stanford (664). The Sun Devils (688) were one stroke better than USC to claim second, Washington (690) one stroke worse in fourth. UCLA rounded out the top five in fifth (693). The Pac-10 Championships features the unusual six-count-five format.
USC, an 18-time conference champion, was led by Vogel's 7-under 135 (65-70), good for a tie for sixth. Vogel, who has been USC's highest finisher in three of the past four events, had a strong first round, knocking in six birdies without a bogey, including four on the front 9. He followed it with a solid second round that featured two front 9 birdies and an eagle on the par 5 14th hole.
Trainer, who has five top 21 finishes this season but is still seeking his first top 10 mark, finished the first day at 7-under 136 (70-66), tied for ninth. Trainer followed a solid first round that included a 2-under front 9 by blistering the course in round two with birdies on 3,4 and 14 and an eagle on the par 510th hole.
Giles is tied for 16th at 4-under 138 (68-70). After back-to-back outings in the top 16, Giles came into the Pac-10s with some momentum and maintained it with a 3-under first round that included a 2-under front 9. He opened the back 9 with nine pars before dropping to 1-over after 12 holes. Birdies on 14 and 17, however, got him back to 1-under to stay in the top 20.
Joining Giles in a tie for 16th at 4-under 138 (69-69) is Lim, whose steady day today has mirrored his steady season. Lim's first round included four birdies against two bogeys and his second round featured three birdies against one bogey. With his 69s, he now has a team-best nine rounds in the 60s this season.
USC freshman Sam Smith is tied for 32nd at par 142 (68-74). He turned in a fantastic first round that saw him enter the final hole at 5-under before a double bogey on 18. He was 3-over on the front 9 of the second round but rallied for an even back 9.
Freshman Stewart Hagestad rounded out USC's efforts in 60th at 13-over 155 (74-81).
Action continues Tuesday and Wednesday.