USC, Vogel Both Fifth After Pac-10 Championships Third Round

April 27, 2010

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Freshmen T.J. Vogel fired a 4-under 67m to move into a tie for fifth while junior Matt Giles was 1-under to lead the No. 10 USC men's golf team in the third round of the Arizona State-hosted 2010 Pac-10 Championships at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz., on Tuesday (April 27).

The Trojans are in fifth-place at 20-under 1045 (340-349-356). Stanford is in first (1023) and is followed by Washington (1030), Arizona State (1036), UCLA (1044) and USC. The Trojans are not only battling for the Pac-10 crown, but trying to stay ahead of the Bruins. The head-to-head competition between USC and UCLA at the Pac-10 Championships counts in the Crosstown Gauntlet, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports. Five points are awarded to the highest finisher in the standings. The winning school needs 57.5 points to clinch. USC currently leads 45-42.5.

Vogel, eyeing his fourth top 10 finish in his past five events, is tied for fifth at 11-under 202 (65-70-67), six shots back of leader Jesper Kennegard of Arizona State. Vogel, USC's highest finisher in three of the past four events, was 4-under through seven holes maintained it the rest of the way.

Giles is in 17th at 5-under 208 (68-70-70), carding five birdies against four bogeys, though he did give back two strokes over the final three holes. Sophomore Steve Lim is tied for 24th at 2-under 211 (69-69-73) and had one birdie against two bogeys.

Freshman Sam Smith continued his solid tournament and is tied for 32nd at even 213 (68-74-71) while freshman Martin Trainer is tied for 35th at 1-over 214 (70-66-78). Freshman Stewart Hagestad is 60th at 17-over 230 (74-81-75).

USC will tee off with Oregon at 8 a.m. on Wednesday (April 28) to begin the final round.

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