USC Finishes 15th At NCAA Championships

June 3, 2010

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Freshman T.J. Vogel fired a 3-under 69 to lead the No. 10 USC men's golf team as it made a charge to reach the match play portion of the 2010 NCAA Championships, but Troy ultimately fell short, finishing 15th overall on Thursday (June 3) 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, combined for a 1-over 289 final round to finish at 10-over 874 (295-290-289).

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, Troy finished tied for third to advance to match play.

The Trojans began the final round tied for 14th, playing in the second wave of teams Thursday afternoon, but couldn't make it two appearances in a row in match play. USC actually closed to within three strokes of the teams that were tied for eighth with a handful of holes remaining but were unable to complete the comeback.

Oklahoma State finished first in stroke play at 14-under 850 with Florida State second (854), Georgia Tech third (858), Washington fourth (860), Oregon fifth (861), Augusta State sixth (863) and Texas Tech seventh (867). Stanford, Arizona State and San Diego tied for the final match play spot in eighth (868) and will have a playoff Friday.

Vogel tied for 25th at 1-under 215 (74-72-69). He began the day on fire off the 10th tee, sinking birdies on 11, 12 and 14 before knocking in an eagle on 17. He bogeyed 18 and then birdied 1 and 2 and bogeyed 3 and 4.

Sophomore Steve Lim tied for 41st at 1-over 217 (74-72-71). He remained steady as ever for the Trojans on Thursday. He opened with two bogeys and a birdie on the front 9 but got back to par by the 5th hole on the back 9.

Junior Matt Giles, like Vogel and Lim, turned in his best round of the tournament and finished tied for 64th at 4-over 220 (73-75-72). He turned in a 1-under front 9 with birdies on 14 and 15 and a bogey on 13. He moved to par after a bogey on 3 got to 2-under with birdies on 4 and 5 but ultimately finished at par.

Freshman Martin Trainer tied for 95th at 8-over 224 (75-71-78) while freshman Sam Smith tied for 111th at 10-over 226 (74-75-77).