Trojans Edge Stanford For Gifford Collegiate Title, Win On Tiebreak

    Nov. 9, 2016


    The No. 6 USC men's golf team defeated No. 8 Stanford in the match play final of the Gifford Collegiate on Wednesday (Nov. 9) afternoon, winning the contest on tiebreakers to capture its second title in a row at the Silverado Resort and Spa's North Course in Napa, Calif.

    USC, which dominated 36 holes of stroke play Monday to earn the top seed before defeating Wisconsin, 5-0-1, and Northwestern, 4-2, on Tuesday to advance to the final, finished the title match with Stanford squared at 2-2-2.

    But it was the combined winning holes of senior Andrew Levitt's 4&3 victory and Justin Suh's 3&2 win that was good for a 7&6 tiebreak edge, giving USC its second straight team win after taking the Cypress Point Classic last week.

    "We are very happy with the way we performed this week," Levitt said. "Everyone shot under par during the stroke play portion and found some success in match play as well. It is definitely something we can build off going into the spring."

    Senior Rico Hoey secured the victory with a tie as he and Stanford's Franklin Huang spent most of their match squared. With the overall match tied at 2-2-1, Hoey won 17 to go 1up, guaranteeing a tie at worst, which would give USC the tiebreak win. Huang won 18 to even the match, putting the tiebreak rule in motion.

    USC freshman Cheng Jin turned in a huge comeback to ultimately halve his match against Stanford's Jeffrey Swegle. Jin trailed by five after six holes, but was within three at the turn, squared it at 13 and did so again on 16, halving the final two holes.



    "It was a great way to finish the fall," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "Everybody played well. Everybody was under par during stroke play and kept it going in match play. Cheng did a great job coming back today and made a big putt on 18 to halve it. Andrew and Justin had big wins and Rico did great against a really tough opponent."

    Neither Suh nor Levitt trailed in their wins. Junior Sean Crocker fell 3&2 to Stanford No. 1 Maverick McNealy while junior Jonah Texeira lost his match, 3&1, to Viraat Badhwar.

    1) USC def. 2) Stanford, 2-2-2 (wins tiebreak, 7-6, on total holes won)
    1 -- Cheng Jin (USC) vs. Jeffrey Swegle, A/S thru 18 (F) (Stanford)
    2 -- Justin Suh (USC) def. Isaiah Salinda (Stanford), 3&2
    3 -- Jonah Texeira (USC) lost to Viraat Badhwar (Stanford), 3&1
    4 -- Sean Crocker (USC) lost to Maverick McNealy (Stanford), 3&2
    5 -- Andrew Levitt (USC) def. Brandon Wu (Stanford), 4&3
    6 -- Rico Hoey (USC) vs. Franklin Huang (Stanford), A/S thru 18 (F)