Trojans Sixth After NCAA Region First Round

May 20, 2010

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Freshman Sam Smith tied for 15th while freshman T.J. Vogel tied for 24th after the first round to lead the No. 10 USC men's golf team at the NCAA Championships Regional at Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash., on Thursday (May 20).

USC finished a combined 9-over 297 for sixth place after the first of three rounds in the 13-team region. The top 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.

Host Washington leads the region at 2-under 286 with Colorado State and Oregon State tied for second (291), Illinois fourth (293), San Diego fifth (294) and USC sixth (297). Middle Tennessee State is seventh (299) with VCU eighth (303), rounding out the schools within 10 strokes of fifth place.

USC is seeking to qualify for its fourth straight NCAA Championship final. The Trojans won the 2008 NCAA West Region title on the same course they're playing now.

Smith, fresh off a season-best performance at the Pac-10s, maintained his momentum with a solid outing Thursday. He was even through the front 9 and got to 1-under with a birdie on 10. A double bogey on 11 and a bogey on 12 dropped him to 2-over but he birdied the 14th to get back to a shot within par at 1-over 73.

Vogel started slowly and was 5-over through eight holes before birding four of the next six holes, including three straight on 9, 10 and 11. He bogeyed 18 to finish at 2-over 74.

Sophomore Steve Lim and freshman Martin Trainer are tied for 31st at 3-over 75 while Giles is tied for 44th at 5-over 77.

USC will tee off at 8:20 a.m. PDT on the first tee with Illinois and San Diego.

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