Trojans Finish 3rd At Pac-10 Championships

April 28, 2010

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Junior Matt Giles fired a 3-under 68 and tied for 10th while freshmen Sam Smith and Martin Trainer were also under par to help the No. 10 USC men's golf team turn in the low team round of the day and finish third at the Arizona State-hosted 2010 Pac-10 Championships at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz., on Wednesday (April 28).

The Trojans began the day in fifth, but moved up two spots after a final-round 4-under 351 in windy conditions and finished at 24-under 1396 (340-349-356-351). Washington came from behind to win its second straight Pac-10 title at 37-under 1383, three better than second-place Stanford (1386), which led the first three rounds. After USC, Arizona State was fourth (1401), Oregon State was fifth (1407), Oregon and Cal tied for sixth (1409), UCLA was eighth (1414), Arizona was ninth (1421) and Washington State was 10th (1438).

In addition to competing for the Pac-10 crown, USC was battling 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, which went to USC this week. The winning school needs 57.5 points to clinch. USC now leads 50-42.5.

Giles turned in his third top 16 finish in a row, finishing at 8-under 276 (68-70-70-68). He finished with six birdies on Wednesday, including five over one eight-hole stretch.

Freshman T.J. Vogel began the day tied for fifth but struggled for the first time in the event and finished tied for 16th at 4-under 280 (65-70-67-78). Still, it was his fourth top 16 finish in his past five events.

Smith completed his best event all season, tying for 20th at 2-under 282 (68-74-71-69). His final round included four birdies. Sophomore Steve Lim tied for 26th at 1-under 283 (69-69-73-72). The typically steady Lim had four birdies in the round and was under par until the final hole.

Trainer shook off a shaky third round with a solid final day to tie for 28th at par 284 (70-66-78-70). He had five birdies against four bogeys to register his seventh top 31 finish this season.

Freshman Stewart Hagestad posted his best round of the event, 1-over 72 and finished 59th at 18-over 302 (74-81-75-72).

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