Pac-10 playoffs go Trojans' way
Monday, May 2, 2011
USC sophomore Martin Trainer outlasted Oregon State’s Alex Moore during a seven-hole playoff for the individual title, then helped the Trojans to a one-hole playoff victory over Oregon in a wild finish May 1 at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course.
The title is USC’s conference-best 19th Pac-10 crown, its first since 2007, and its second victory this season after a sluggish start.
“Everyone is pretty stoked,” USC head coach Chris Zambri said after winning his second conference title. “It’s just nice to have guys playing well (after) a season that wasn’t going great.
“In little ways they’ve all gotten better, and we are now contending like we thought we would all along.”
USC and Oregon tied for first after 72 holes at 15-over 1,415. Before the team playoff got underway, Trainer and Moore battled for 1 hour, 45 minutes, playing the par-4 18th seven times, with Trainer’s par on finally clinching the title. He and Moore had matched pars on the previous six holes.
The team playoff, in which all six players from both schools squared off against each other on the 18th hole, two at a time (then adding the best five of six holes), was less dramatic, as the Trojans won the first four holes and were even on the final two.
Trainer finished at 5-under 275 (68-68-69-70) for his first title as a Trojan. USC freshman Jeffrey Kang took fifth at 1-under 279, and sophomore Sam Smith was eighth at 2-over 282, including a final-round 67.