No. 10 USC Ready For NCAA Region Play
May 18, 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, makes its 40th straight NCAA appearance as the No. 2 seed in one of six 54-hole NCAA regional tournaments set for Thursday through Saturday (May 20-22).
USC is the No. 2 seed at the Washington hosted-region, held at the Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash. The Gold Mountain course is par 72 and 7,104 yards. The Trojans, who have reached the NCAA final for the past three years, won the NCAA West Region at the same course in 2008. Five teams in each regional - three with 13 teams and three with 14 teams -- will advance to the NCAA Championship final, scheduled for June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the host institution for this year's championships.
Action begins Thursday at 8 a.m. USC is paired with host No. 4 Washington and No. 11 Illinois. The only other ranked team in the region is No. 25 Oregon State. USC's lineup includes junior Matt Giles, sophomore Steve Lim and freshmen T.J. Vogel, Martin Trainer and Sam Smith.
USC IN THE 2009 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS REGIONALS
USC finished fifth at the 2009 NCAA Championships Region at the Lake Mercend G.C. in Daly City, Calif., rallying to earn the region's last NCAA final qualifying spot while playing with only players after All-American Jamie Lovemark left the lineup due to injury. USC finished a combined 11-under 853 (285-284-284), one stroke ahead of sixth-place New Mexico (854-280-292-282). The Trojans, who started the day in fifth, fell into seventh early but managed to rally on the back 9, where they were a combined 5-under. The Trojans, without Lovemark in the third round because of a muscle tear in his rib section (which affected his play in the first two rounds), got big days from different team members each round. The first round saw Matt Giles go 7-under and Tom Glissmeyer was 5-under in the second round. In the final round, Steve Lim turned in a season-best 6-under while Tim Sluiter went 3-under. Lim was 1-over after five holes before catching fire, going 7-under over the final 13 holes for a 66. He birdied 6, 8 and 9 and again on 13 before knocking in an eagle on 15. After a bogey on 16, he finished with two more birdies. Lim vaulted to 17th with the strong finish at 4-under 212 (72-74-66).
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 took third at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, turning in the lowest team score in the final round to move up from fifth.
The Trojans have received contributions from everyone on the roster this year.
Freshman T.J. Vogel, ranked No. 35 in the nation by Golfweek.com, leads USC in stroke average at 72.07. Named the 2010 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 first team, he is USC's hottest golfer, posting five straight top 22 finishes, including back-to-back second place finishes, a tie for 22nd, a tie for eighth and a tie for 16th in USC's last five 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). At the Pac-10 Championships, he tied for 16th at 4-under 280 (65-70-67-78) and was vying for the lead until the final round. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won three of his four matches. Overall in nine starts, he has three top 10 finishes and seven in the top 30.
Sophomore Steve Lim, ranked No. 68, has been steady all season for the Trojans and boasts USC's second-best stroke average (72.77). The 2010 All-Pac-10 second teamer, 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 nine rounds in the 60s.
Junior Matt Giles is heating up for the Trojans and has not finished above 70 in his last 10 rounsd. He tied for 10th to lead USC at the season-opening Olympia Fields and has posted three straight top 16s. 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) and a tie for 10th at the Pac-10 Championships at 8-under 276 (68-70-70-68). In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won two of four matches. Giles also has two other top 30 finishes and seven rounds in the 60s.
Martin Trainer, ranked No. 91, has been a consistent performer as a freshman with five top 21 finishes and fours others in the top 40. His stroke average of 72.97 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. He tied for 28th at the Pac-10 Championships. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, Trainer won his first three matches and halved his final match (before falling in sudden death).
Freshman Sam Smith, in seven outings, has two top 30 finishes and three others in the top 45. He is coming off his best outing of the season, tying for 20th at the Pac-10 Championships at 2-under 282 (68-74-71-69) while posting his first two sub-70 rounds of the year. His stroke average is 74.32. His other top 30 result was a tie for 28th at the Gifford Collegiate Invitational, where he finished the event at par.
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 eight 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).
Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the championships. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parentheses.
The Course at Yale - New Haven, Connecticut -- Hosted by Yale University
Teams (seeded in the following order)
3. South Carolina
6. East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun Conference)
7. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland Conference)
8. Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference)
9. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
11. Penn State
12. North Carolina-Wilmington
13. Columbia (Ivy Group)
14. Lafayette (Patriot League)
1. Max McKay, Liberty
2. Ben Herrera, Iowa State
3. Harold Varner, East Carolina
4. Robert Karlsson, Liberty
5. Scotty Williams, Pennsylvania
Capital City Club, Crabapple - Atlanta, Georgia -- Hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology
Teams (seeded in the following order)
1. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
2. Arizona State
3. Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference)
6. Wake Forest
8. Furman (Southern Conference)
9. Brigham Young
10. Georgia Southern
11. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
12. South Alabama (Sun Belt Conference)
13. Towson (Colonial Athletic Association)
1. Mitchell Gregson, Kansas State
2. Kelvin Day, Charleston Southern
3. Jeff Karlsson, Kennesaw State
4. Tom Sherreard, Georgia State
5. Garrett Medeiros, Wofford
6. Mark Joye, Wofford
7. Joe Ida, Kansas State
8. Justin Martinson, Delaware
9. Korbin Kuehn, UMKC
10. Robert Cerabone, Fairleigh Dickinson
The Warren Golf Course - Notre Dame, Indiana -- Hosted by the University of Notre Dame
Teams (seeded in the following order)
3. Florida State
6. North Carolina State
11. Virginia Tech
12. Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference)
13. Detroit (Horizon League)
14. St. Francis (Pennsylvania) (Northeast Conference)
1. Jack Newman, Michigan State
2. Ben Pisani, Minnesota
3. Erich Johnston, Purdue
4. Ryan Stocke, Youngstown State
5. Doug Hoppe, Iona
Traditions Club - College Station, Texas -- Hosted by the Texas A&M University
Teams (seeded in the following order)
1. Texas A&M
2. Texas Tech
3. Georgia (Southeastern Conference)
4. North Florida
6. Pepperdine (West Coast Conference)
8. North Carolina
12. Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference)
13. Georgetown (Big East Conference)
14. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
1. Oscar Zetterwall, New Orleans
2. Ken Looper, New Orleans
3. Philipp Fendt, Louisiana-Lafayette
4. Scott Kelly, Sam Houston State
5. Jonathan Coleman, Grambling
Carlton Oaks Golf Club - San Diego, California -- Hosted by San Diego State University
3. Augusta State
5. San Diego State
8. UCF (Conference USA)
10. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
12. New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
13. Oral Roberts (The Summit League)
1. Tom Whitney, Air Force
2. Scott Travers, Santa Clara
3. Nate Barbee, Kansas
4. Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge
5. Lloyd du Preez, Arkansas State
6. Zack Fischer, Texas-Arlington
7. Pierre-Alexis Rolland, Lamar
8. Justin Bardgett, Colorado
9. Jared Becher, Nevada
10. Paul Apyan, Southern Mississippi
Gold Mountain Golf Club - Bremerton, Washington -- Hosted by the University of Washington
1. Washington (Pacific-10 Conference)
2. Southern California
3. Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
4. Oregon State
5. San Diego
6. Colorado State (Mountain West Conference)
7. Middle Tennessee
9. New Mexico
10. Fresno State
11. Eastern Michigan
13. Loyola (Maryland) (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
1. Espen Kofstad, Denver
2. Austin Graham, UC Davis
3. Brandon Crick, Nebraska
4. Gabe Maier, Wyoming
5. Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas
6. Kyle Peterman, Western Illinois
7. Ben Blundell, Oklahoma
8. Kevin Tucker, Washington State
9. Nathan Sutherland, Miami (Ohio)
10. Carlos Ortiz, North Texas