USC Men’s Golf earns first Pac-12 title since 2011

2018 PAC-12 Conference Men's Golf Championship at Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360)

Rolling Hills, CA- The USC Trojans ended the first day of the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championships in the lead and after the final day, the Trojans were a greedy bunch and held on to the lead to crown themselves as Pac-12 champions.

USC ended the tournament at 31 under par, 4 strokes ahead of the second place Colorado Buffaloes.

The Trojans were lead by the NCAA No. 2 ranked golfer,  Justin Suh. Suh had the lead at the end of each day during the tournament. He shot his worst round on Wednesday with a score of 71 and finished the tournament at 16 under par.

Colorado’s Yannik Paul made big strides to finish tied for 2nd. He shot 4 under par during his last round. Teammate Ross Macdonald also had a stellar performance during the final round and joined his teammate with the same score at 4 under par for the day and also finished tied for 2nd.

Arizona State entered the final day just 5 shots back behind USC for the lead but couldn’t close the gap. Sun Deval Koichiro Ishika began the day in 3rd place in the individual leaderboard. He had a modest final day at 2 under par and fell 3 spots back for a 6th place finish.

NCAA’s No.1 ranked golfer, Collin Morikawa had the best performance during the final round to earn him a top 10 finish. Morikawa had two consecutive rounds in the 70’s but a score of 66 at 5 under par for the day was good enough to earn him 7th in the individual leaderboard.

Arizona’s George Cunningham had one of the most consistent display of golf the entire tournament. Cunningham kept himself under par every round, playing along the nations top 2 players. Cunningham ended the final day with a score of 69 at 2 under par.

Norman Xiong, NCAA’s No.3 ranked golfer, was unable to pull off a late run to creep himself into a top 10 finish. Xiong finished in 12th in the individual leaderboard at 5 under par.