Trojans Tied For 20th After NCAA First Round

June 1, 2010

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Junior Matt Giles turned in a 1-over 73 while three players carded 74s, but the No. 10 USC men's golf team has some work ahead of it after the Trojans finished the first day of the 2010 NCAA Championships tied for 20th on Tuesday (June 1) at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.

USC, in its 51st NCAA final appearance and fourth NCAA team final trip in a row under fourth-year head coach Chris Zambri, fired a combined 7-over 295. Oklahoma State and Florida State finished the opening round in first at 5-under 283 with Oregon (284) in third and Texas A&M (285) fourth. Tied for fifth are Arizona State and Clemson (286) while Augusta State and Florida (287) are tied for seventh.

The NCAA Championships format features 54 holes of stroke play with the top eight teams advancing to a three-day match-play tournament. In 2009, the first year of the current format, USC was in a similar position after the first round, tied for 22nd, 17 strokes out of first place and 11 strokes outside the top 8. Troy finished tied for third to advance to match play.

'There are plenty of holes left to get back into the top 8. Everyone was just off a bit today,' Zambri said. 'We have the players to make a run at this, but we have to get it in gear.'

This year, the Trojans started on the 10th tee among the second wave of teams on Tuesday. Though no player was more than three strokes above par, no Trojan could get under par either.

Giles is tied for 52nd after his opening-round effort that saw him start with a bogey on 10 and a double bogey on 15. However, the Australian native came back with birdies on 2 and 6 to finish the round 1-over.

Sophomore Steve Lim and freshmen T.J. Vogel and Sam Smith are tied for 65th at 2-over 74 while freshman Martin Trainer is tied for 90th at 3-over 75.

Lim and Vogel were each 1-over going out and coming in while Smith was 3-over through nine holes and 1-under on the second nine. Trainer was 1-over going out and 2-over coming in.

USC tees off on Wednesday at 7:47 a.m. (EDT) with Augusta State and Texas A&M.