USC men’s golf set for the Western Intercollegiate regular season finale

Men’s Golf | April 08, 2022

The 2021-22 USC Men’s Golf Team, under Sophomore Head Coach JT Higgins and featuring seven new golfers – including top freshman Jackson Rivera – to complete four returns, will play in its regular-season finale at the 75th Western Intercollegiate, Monday-Wednesday (April 11-13), at Pasatiempio GC, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Tournament
The 15-team field this weekend includes host San Jose State, USC, Arizona, Pepperdine, California, Stanford, BYU, San Diego State, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Hawaii, UC Irvine and Colorado State.

Teams will play between 8:54 a.m. and 1:54 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and between 8 a.m. and 10:24 a.m. on Wednesday. The Western Intercollegiate offers a six-player, five-time format.

Golf Channel will provide daily coverage between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. PT on Monday and Tuesday with reruns at 9 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively, and between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday with a rebroadcast at 8:30 p.m.

Results will be available on Golfstat.com.

Starters
In the six-game, five-count format, USC will feature the following starters: Freshman Jackson Rivera (10th start), second year Shane Ffrench and Krando Nishibajunior Parker Sisk and seniors Cameron Henry and Jack Boulger. Rivera is the only Trojan to start in every event this season. Ffrench is on his eighth start, Nishiba his sixth, Boulger his fifth, Henry his third, Sisk his second. Sisk competed for San Jose State in 2019 and 2020, playing in 10 tournaments combined.

USC, which was eighth last season, has won the event seven times, most recently in 2017 when All-American Justin Suh won medal honors, one of four Trojans to win the title. individual.

First-year student Jackson Rivera Having one of the best rookie seasons in USC history
Freshman Jackson is having one of the best freshman seasons in recent USC history. In his last event, he posted a career-best effort, tied for sixth at Valspar Collegiate at 9-under 204 (66-68-70) and is now eight rounds par or better in his last nine, including six below normal. . His 71.70 stroke average is currently in USC’s top 20 on the all-time season chart.

Rivera, with a team-best six rounds in the ’60s, including four of his last six rounds, leads the Trojans with a team-best 18 rounds par or better, including 15 under par. Rivera, who was USC’s top finisher in seven of his nine events, has five top 21s, six top 28s and has not finished outside the top 32 in any event.

He posted rounds of 65 and 63 at the Arizona NIT, the latter being USC’s first 63 since Kaito Onishi in November 2017 and 9 Under the Trojans’ first effort since Rico Hoey earlier that year in February.

Fall Recap

Jackson Rivera led all USC golfers in the fall season, putting off a fantastic freshman start to his Trojan career. He started in all four of USC’s 2021 fall events, posting three top 18s and four top 28s. He was Troy’s top finisher in each event and led the Trojans in shot average at 71, 58.

In fact, Rivera is the first Trojan to lead the men in every fall event since All-American Justin Suh did so in 2017. Rivera’s best finish was a tie for 13th at Colonial. Collegiate Invitational at 2-of-212 (72-75-65) while his lowest-under-par round was a 5-under 211 (73-68-70) at Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, good for a tie for 16th.

Four Trojans played in the Washington County individual on opening weekend, also in Wisconsin, and the transfer of graduates Alex Ross took medal honors with a one-shot victory at 12-under 132 (64-68). Redshirt freshman transfer Parker Rostowski tied for ninth at 6 under 138 (66-72).

For Ross, his 64 was the lowest USC round since Justin Suh’s 64 to open the Western Intercollegiate on April 15, 2019. It was the lowest round by a freshman Trojan since At Kaito Onishi’s 63 as a freshman in the 2017-18 season and USC’s lowest first-rounder in at least 20 years.

Insight
In his first year with the Trojans, Higgins guided USC through the shortened spring 2021 season to a spot in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

This year’s squad includes four returning Trojans as seniors Cameron Henryjunior Tyler Guo and sophomores Shane Ffrench and Krando Nishiba.

USC has seven newcomers, including three true freshmen and four transfers (one of whom is a redshirt freshman who didn’t play last year).

The new septet includes real freshmen Gavin Aurilia, Jackson Rivera and Daniel Tang. All four USC transfers are fifth-year seniors Alex Ross (Davidson), senior Jack Boulger (Connecticut), junior Parker Sisk (San Jose State) and redshirt freshman Parker Rostowski (Georgia).

Troy’s main losses were outgoing seniors Leon D’Souza and Kaito Onishi.

Trojan Horse Talking Points

Shane Ffrench He was the only Trojan to start and play in all nine USC tournaments last season. He was a member of the 2021 All-Pac-12 Newcomer Team and is Troy’s top returner in stroke average in 2021 (72.68), par-or-better rounds (12) and under-par rounds (nine).

Tyler Guo finished with an average of 74.72 strokes (which saw 19 rounds counted) and three under par as a sophomore, all in his career-best effort at the Amer Ari Invitational. There he tied for second at 7 under 209 (68-68-71). Guo was named the 2021 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, with a 3.51 GPA in a business administration major, and was also on the 2021 Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll.

USC’s only returning senior is Cameron Henry. As a 2021 junior, he was a seven-time starter for the Trojans who finished with an average of 73.68 strokes, seven rounds or better, two top 16s and three top 26s. His season was marked by a tie for 10th at the Amer Ari Invitational at 5-under 211 (70-72-69), his season-high final round.

Second year Krando Nishiba saw action in two events as a sophomore, both starts.

First-year student Gavin Aurilia graduated from Arcadia, Arizona High where he won the 2019 Division II State Championship at 6 under 140 while leading his team to a third-place finish as the No. 2 ranked player in the state. Aurilia picked up a dominating victory at the 2021 IMG World Junior Championship in the 15-18 division, earning a 4-stroke win at Torrey Pines with a 3 under 281 (72-71-66-72), taking control of the tournament with a third round under 5. He is the son of longtime Major League Baseball player Rich Aurilia.

First-year student Jackson Rivera graduated from Torrey Pines High in San Diego where he was a four-time Rolex All-American. He became the No. 2 ranked junior golfer in California in 2020 and was rated a top performer by the AJGA. Rivera qualified for the 2021 US Amateur and he won the 2020 Rancho Santa Margarita Amateur. In 2018 Rivera represented the United States at the biennial The Junior Open Championship at the Eden course in St. Andrews and played for Team West at the Wyndham Cup.

First-year student Daniel Tang, a Beijing native, has extensive professional and amateur tournament experience, including playing in the prestigious Sina Cup in 2020. He has appeared in four PGA Tour China events, recently finishing third at the 2020 PGA Tour China Qualifying School, getting full exemption status. He was the small amateur at the 2019 Haikou Open (36th), made the cut at the 2018 Zhuhai Open, and was the Huangshan Open qualifying medalist.

Fifth year senior Alex Ross is a first-team Atlantic 10 All-Conference player who helped Davidson College win two league championships during four years with the Wildcats. He has already started a competitive round of 15 and under 57. Ross played in 35 career rounds for the Wildcats and was key to the 2018 and 2021 Atlantic Conference 10 titles, helping the Wildcats to their first two regional NCAA championship appearances both seasons.

Senior transfer Jack Boulger of Connecticut played three seasons for the Huskies, playing in 19 career tournaments between 2018 and 2020 with 13 career rounds of par or better, two rounds in the 60s and seven career top 30s. He did not compete collegially in the 2020-21 season.

Parker Sisk, a junior transfer from San Jose State, brings solid Division I experience to USC. Sisk competed for San Jose State in 2019 and 2020, playing in 10 tournaments combined. As a sophomore in 2020, Sisk was a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar. He competed in six events and finished fifth on the team with a 73.22 stroke average, including five runs in the 60s.

Parker Rostowski is a redshirt freshman transfer from Georgia in 2022 who hasn’t seen action as a true freshman with the Bulldogs. He graduated from Mount Paran High in Atlanta, where he was the 2018 Class A Golfer of the Year. A three-time All-State selection, he earned state medalist honors once and the area twice. He was the 2018 Cobb County Male Athlete of the Year and Golfer of the Year and won seven high school individual tournaments. He was also the kicker for the Mount Paran football team, earning honorable mention all-state honors while twice being named to all-region and all-county teams on the gridiron.

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