USC Men's Golf Wraps Fall Slate At Cal Poly Invitational at The Preserve
The USC men's golf team, with a pair of medalist honors to its credit this young season, returns for the final event of its fall calendar at the Cal Poly Invitational at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel Valley, Calif. of the fall as it plays in the Golf Club of Georgia Intercollegiate, Friday through Sunday (Oct. 21-23), at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.
The Trojans, in their third year under Head Coach J.T. Higgins and assistant coach Matt Walton, opened the 2022-23 season with a second at the Husky Invitational while sophomore Jackson Rivera took first, complemented by senior Jack Boulger's win at the adjacent Husky Individual Invitational.
The field this week includes host Cal Poly, USC, Long Beach State, Marquette, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, USC, USF (South Florida), USF (San Francisco) and Washington.
Play on the par 72, 7,041-yard course will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 36-hole shotgun start Monday with a final Tuesday round starting at the same time.
Live results will be available at golfstat.com.
USC's starting lineup will feature senior Jack Boulger, junior Krando Nishiba, sophomores Jackson Rivera and Gavin Aurilia and freshman Mahanth Chirravuri.
Sophomore Jackson Rivera won the Husky Invitational by four strokes while senior Jack Boulger won the Husky Individual Invitational by six — both the first titles of their collegiate careers — while the USC men's team finished second at the Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash., to kick off the 2022-23 season. USC combined for a three-round 7-over 871 (293-281-297), finishing three strokes back of first-place Washington State and two ahead of third-place and host Washington.
Rivera never wavered during the final round and maintained at least a two-stroke lead throughout Tuesday and finished at 8-under 208 (67-70-71), closing with a birdie on 18. Rivera, who posted a pair of sixth-place finishes and a 10th as a freshman, has four top 10s in his past five starts. Boulger won going away on Gold Mountain's Cascade Course at 12-under 201 (68-67-66), posting his best three rounds in Cardinal and Gold.
Freshman Mahanth Chirravuri led USC at the Inverness Intercollegiate with a tie for 20th at 6-over. Chirravuri and Rivera topped USC at the Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational at 6-over, tied for 47th.
Chirravuri led USC at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate with a tie for 20th at 2-under 214, the second time he's been USC's top finisher while also co-leading once with Rivera.
Rivera and Boulger have a team-best five rounds of par or better. All of Boulger's are also under par, three for Rivera.
Boulger leads the team with a stroke average of 72.11 (and three rounds in the 60s) with Chirravuri second at 72.25.
Chirravuri leads the team with 12 counting rounds in 12 outings while Rivera and Gavin Aurilia have 10 each.
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.