USC Headed To NCAA Washington Regional As No. 3 Seed.|
May 4, 2015
The No. 14 USC men's golf team will begin the quest for its ninth straight NCAA Championships finals spot and the program's first national crown as the No. 3 seed at the NCAA Washington Regional in Bremerton, Wash., May 14-16.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
The Trojans, under ninth-year head coach Chris Zambri, have won regional titles in 2008 and 2012, but just need to finish in the top 5 of the 14-team field to advance to the NCAA Championships, May 29-June 3, at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. South Florida is the host institution for the 2015 championships.
Joining the Trojans and host and No. 2 seed Washington for the regional at the Gold Mountain G.C. will be top-seed South Carolina, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 UAB, No. 6 TCU, No. 7 Iowa State, No. 8 Sam Houston State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 UC Davis, No. 11 VCU, No. 12 Pepperdine. No. 13 Cleveland State and No. 14 South Dakota. The five individuals playing at the regional will be Pacific's Byron Meth, Jose Mendez from Minnesota-Twin Cities, Oregon State's Alex Franklin, BYU's Jordan Rodgers and Gonzaga's James Fahy.
USC is led by 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Sean Crocker and fellow 2015 All-Pac-12 first teamer sophomore Rico Hoey. Freshman Jonah Texeira joined Crocker on the 2015 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. In the mix to join the trio at the upcoming regional are seniors Paul Smith and Eric Sugimoto and junior Bobby Gojuangco.
The Pac-12 sent eight teams into the NCAA Regionals for the second year in a row.
The complete list of teams competing at the NCAA Regionals is here.