No. 7 USC Successfully Defends Title At Southern Highlands, Wins 3rd Tournament Of Season|
March 8, 2017
For the second year in a row, the No. 7 USC men's golf team took on one of the toughest regular-season fields in the country and came out victorious, winning the 2017 Southern Highlands Collegiate by 10 strokes to defend its crown on Wednesday (March 8) at the Southern Highlands G.C. in Las Vegas.
USC, which captured this tournament by four strokes last year, claimed its third victory of the 2016-17 season at 11-under 853 (278-291-284), turning a six-stroke second-round lead into a double digit win win. Oklahoma State, which closed on Troy early in the final round, finished at 1-under 863 while Texas Tech was third at 3-over 867.
Sophomore Justin Suh (70-68-73) and freshman Cheng Jin (69-73-69) tied for third at 5-under 211. It is Suh's second top 3 finish and third in the top 10 while it is a season-best finish for Jin and his third in the top 18. Suh had two birdies in his final round and had a 25-footer for birdie on 18 to join a playoff, but did not convert. Jin Had four birdies on the day.
Junior Sean Crocker tied for 12th at 2-under 214 (68-74-72) to secure his seventh straight top 16 finish this season.
Senior Andrew Levitt tied for 29th at 5-over 221 (75-76-70) with a four-birdie final round while senior Rico Hoey saw his five-tournament streak of top 10 finishes come to an end with a tie for 34th at 7-over 223 (71-78-74).
The win in Vegas complements USC's two fall victories at the Cypress Point Classic and the Gifford Collegiate and gives the Trojans five straight top 2 results.
USC is off until March 30-April 1 when it plays at The Goodwin at Stanford.