No. 3 USC Earns Top Seed In NCAA Albuquerque Regional|
May 5, 2016
The No. 3 USC men's golf team, a three-time winner this year and an NCAA Championships runner-up last season, begins its journey to go one step further this season as the top seed of the NCAA's Albuquerque, N.M., Regional, one of six NCAA Regionals that will be conducted May 16-18.
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.
Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. The University of Oregon is the host institution for the 2016 championships.
USC's top seed is its first since 2012 and its fourth since 2008. The Trojans, under 10th-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 Eugene.
Joining the Trojans in New Mexico will be No. 2 seed Arizona State, No. 3 South Florida, No. 4 San Diego State, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 North Carolina State, No. 7 host New Mexico, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 TCU, No. 10 Iowa, No. 11 Liberty, No. 12 U.S. Military Academy, No. 13 Cleveland State and No. 14 Wagner College. The five individuals competing in the regional are Santa Clara's Hayden Shieh, BYU's Patrick Fishburn, UTEP's Frederik Dreier, Fresno State's Trevor Clayton and Saint Peter's Nicholas Dilio.
The Trojans feature a five-man starting lineup that all received 2016 All-Pac-12 recognition, including three-time first-teamer junior Rico Hoey, sophomore second-teamers Jonah Texeira and Sean Crocker, senior honorable mention pick Andrew Levitt and All-Freshman selection Justin Suh.
The Pac-12 sent eight teams into the NCAA Regionals for the third year in a row.
The complete list of teams competing at the NCAA Regionals is here.