Men’s Golf | March 16, 2023
The USC men’s golf team, with a pair of medalist honors to its credit in the fall, travels to Arizona this week for the two-day N.I.T., Friday and Saturday (March 17-18) at the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson.
The Arizona-hosted event features the Wildcats, Arizona State, Colorado State, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, San Diego, San Diego State, USC and Wyoming.
Teams are scheduled to play 36 holes Friday, 18 Saturday. Results are available at Golfstat.
USC’s starting lineup will feature senior Jack Boulger, junior Krando Nishiba, sophomores Jackson Rivera and Gavin Aurilia and freshman Mahanth Chirravuri. Shane Ffrench will play individually.
Rivera fired his collegiate best 63 in the final round of the event as a freshman last year, which is tied for the second-lowest round in tournament history. He led USC with a tie for 21st in the event in 2022 while the Trojans finished 10th overall. It was USC’s first 63 since Kaito Onishi in November of 2017 and the Trojans’ first 9-under effort since Rico Hoey earlier that year in February.
Former Trojan Justin Suh’s 54-hole, 16-under 200 in 2019, which included a 64, is tied for the fourth-lowest score in tournament history
The Trojans, in their third year under Head Coach J.T. Higgins and assistant coach Matt Walton, opened the 2022-23 season with a second at the Husky Invitational.
Sophomore Jackson Rivera won the Husky Invitational by four strokes while senior Jack Boulger won the Husky Individual Invitational by six — both the first titles of their collegiate careers — while the USC men’s team finished second at the Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash., to kick off the 2022-23 season. USC combined for a three-round 7-over 871 (293-281-297), finishing three strokes back of first-place Washington State and two ahead of third-place and host Washington.
Rivera never wavered during the final round and maintained at least a two-stroke lead throughout Tuesday and finished at 8-under 208 (67-70-71), closing with a birdie on 18. Rivera, who posted a pair of sixth-place finishes and a 10th as a freshman, has four top 10s in his past five starts. Boulger won going away on Gold Mountain’s Cascade Course at 12-under 201 (68-67-66), posting…
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