USC Men's Golf Kicks Off 2022-23 Season At Husky Invitational In Washington
The USC men's golf team, led by PING All-West-Region performer sophomore Jackson Rivera, kicks off the 2022-23 season at the Husky Invitational, Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 19-20), at the Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash.
The Trojans, beginning their third season under Head Coach J.T. Higgins and assistant coach Matt Walton, will open the new campaign with 36 holes on Monday and another 18 on Tuesday on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain.
The field features host Washington, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, Boise State, Colgate, Duke, Long Beach State, San Jose State, Saint Mary's, Seattle and UC Davis.
Play begins at 8 a.m. both days. Results will be available at golfstat.com.
USC last played in the event at the start of the 2015-16 season, finishing fourth while Sean Crocker and Rico Hoey took second and fourth, respectively.
The Trojans return six golfers from last year's squad, led by Rivera, who was All-West Region as well as All-Pac-12 second team during a freshman season that saw him start all 12 tournaments, leading the team in stroke average (71.70), rounds in the 60s (nine), rounds under par (20) and rounds of par or better (23).
He posted a team-best three top 10 finishes, six top 18s and seven top 21s and was USC's top finisher in eight of 11 events. Two of his top 10 results came in the postseason. He tied for sixth at the Pac-12 Championships at par 284 (73-68-74-69) and followed that with a tie for 10th at the NCAA Stockton Regional at 7-under 209 (68-71-70).
Also back are graduate senior Jack Boulger, senior Parker Sisk, juniors Krando Nishiba and Shane Ffrench and sophomore Gavin Aurilia. The Trojans welcome a pair of freshmen in Mahanth Chirravuri from Arizona and Rocky Chapman from the U.K.
Aurilia started nine times last year, Ffrench eight times, Nishiba seven times, Boulger six times and Sisk twice.
Chirravuri was a 2020 Rolex/AJGA All-American honorable mention selection and won the Arizona state title in 2020 at 10-under while helping his school to state team titles in 2019, 2020 and 2021, finishing third individually in 2021.
Chapman is a talented up-and-coming golfer from England who will compete for starting time.