No. 10 USC To Tee It Off At NCAA Championships

May 27, 2010

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The No. 10 USC men's golf team (as ranked by, led by two-time All-American Matt Giles and an up-and-coming and talented group of underclassmen spearheaded by sophomore Steve Lim and freshmen T.J. Vogel and Martin Trainer, will play in its fourth straight NCAA final in its 40th consecutive NCAA appearance overall at the 2010 NCAA Championship final, 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. The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to match play. Individual medalist honors will go to the top finisher after the initial 54 holes.

Action begins Tuesday (June 1) at 7 a.m. (EDT). USC is paired with Texas A&M and Augusta State and will tee off on the 10th tee Tuesday at 12:59 p.m. The Trojans will tee off with the same teams on Wednesday at 7:47 a.m. off the first tee. Pairings will be readjusted for the final round of stroke play on Thursday. The eight-team match play portion of the championships will be held Friday through Sunday. USC's lineup includes junior Matt Giles, sophomore Steve Lim and freshmen T.J. Vogel, Martin Trainer and Sam Smith.

USC's lineup of one junior, one sophomore and three freshmen is the second-youngest in the field. Only UCLA (featuring two sophomores and three freshmen) has a younger lineup.

The 30-team field includes No. 16 Arizona State, No. 5 Augusta State, No. 49 Baylor, No. 27 California, No. 8 UCLA, No. 14 Clemson, No. 23 Duke, No. 6 Florida, No. 19 Florida State, No. 56 Georgia Southern, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 12 Illinois, No. 41 Kent State, No. 29 LSU, No. 15 UNLV, No. 21 North Florida, No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Oregon, No. 24 Oregon State, No. 60 Penn State, No. 31 San Diego, No. 10 USC, No. 4 Stanford, No. 26 Tennessee, No. 7 Texas, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 20 TCU, No. 11 Texas Tech, No. 22 Virginia and No. 3 Washington. Rankings are by

Play at the Par-72, 7,395-yard The Honors Course each day at 7 a.m. EDT off the 1st and 10th tees. Live results of the event will be available at last time The Honors hosted in 1996, it was won by Arizona State and Tiger Woods (Stanford).

USC is making its 51st team trip to the NCAA final and its fourth trip in a row under fourth-year head coach Chris Zambri ... In 2009, USC rallied from a rough start to tie for third in stroke play (led by Tom Glissmeyer, who tied for third) and reach the eight-team match play finale. The Trojans fell in the quarterfinals to Michigan, 3-2 ... USC's highest finish at an NCAA Championship final is third, something the Trojans did most recently in 2008, when they finished just two strokes out of first. That was Troy's top result since a third in 1975. The Trojans' most recent top 10 finish prior to 2008 came in 2005, when they took sixth ... Troy boasts four NCAA individual title winners. Scott Simpson won back-to-back NCAA crowns in 1976 and 1977 and Ron Commans did it in 1981. A long drought ended last season when then-freshman Jamie Lovemark came from behind to win the individual title ... After failing to advance as a team in 2006 (though Taylor Wood qualified individually and tied for 27th), USC returned to the NCAA Championships final in 2007. Though USC was cut after three rounds, Lovemark's score, however, allowed him to continue as an individual entry, setting himself up for his final-round run to the title.

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. USC then finished second at the NCAA Regional in Bremerton, Wash., qualifying for its fourth straight NCAA final.

The Trojans have received contributions from everyone on the roster this year.

Freshman T.J. Vogel, ranked No. 38 in the nation by, leads USC in stroke average at 72.16. Named the 2010 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 first team, he is USC's hottest golfer, posting six straight top 22 finishes, including back-to-back second place finishes, a tie for 22nd, a tie for eighth, a tie for 16th and a tie for 21st in USC's last six 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. At the NCAA Regional, he tied for 21st, including a final-round 2-under 70. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won three of his four matches. Overall in 10 starts, he has three top 10 finishes and eight in the top 30.

Sophomore Steve Lim, ranked No. 73, has been steady all season for the Trojans and boasts USC's second-best stroke average (72.85). A 2010 All-Pac-10 second teamer, Lim 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, who has four top 13 finishes and eight top 32 finishes, 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 ... Lim, who tied for 29th at the NCAA Regional, has a team-best nine rounds in the 60s.

Junior Matt Giles is heating up for the Trojans and recently turned in a stretch of 10 straight rounds of 70 or better ... He tied for 10th to lead USC at the season-opening Olympia Fields and posted three top 16s in his last four events. 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) ... At the NCAA Regional, he tied for 29th, his seventh top 30 finish of the season ... In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, he won two of four matches. Giles has seven rounds in the 60s.

Martin Trainer, ranked No. 88, has been a consistent performer as a freshman with six top 21 finishes and four 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 and tied for 21st at the NCAA Regional. 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 eight outings, has three top 30 finishes and three others in the top 45. His best outing of the season came at the Pac-10 Championships, where he tied for 20th at 2-under 282 (68-74-71-69) while posting his first two sub-70 rounds of the year. He followed it with a solid effort at the NCAA Regional, tying for 24th ... His stroke average is 74.20. 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).

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