No. 1 USC Snares Top Seed In NCAA Sammamish Regional

    Senior Rico Hoey
    May 4, 2017

    The No. 1 USC men's golf team, a 2015 and 2016 NCAA Championships semifinalist with four wins this year, begins its quest for the program’s first national title as the top seed of the NCAA's Sammamish, Wash., Regional, one of six NCAA Regionals that will be conducted May 15-17.

    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, May 26-31 at Rich Harvest G.C. in Sugar Grove, Ill.

    USC’s top seed is its second in a row, third in the past six years and its fifth since 2008. The Trojans, under 11th-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 in Illinois. The Trojans are looking to advance to their 11th consecutive NCAA final field.

    Joining the Trojans in Washington will be No. 2 seed Kent State, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 host Washington, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 San Diego State, No. 8 Texas-El Paso, No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Michigan, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 Seattle, No. 13 Marquette and No. 14 Bryant. The five individuals competing in the regional are Hidetoshi Yoshihara (UCLA), Tim Widing (San Francisco), Ryan Wallen (Wyoming), Cole Madey (UCLA), Michael Colgate (Nebraska).

    The Pac-12 sent six teams into the NCAA Regionals while UCLA and California qualified individuals. The complete list of teams competing at the NCAA Regionals is here