SANTA CRUZ, CA (April 9, 2017) - On the same day former USC Trojan Stewart Hagestad won the Silver Cup at the Masters, the current Trojans justified their No. 1 ranking by dominating on their way to a victory at the Western Intercollegiate.
Saturday play was suspended late in the second round at Pasatiempo Golf Club with USC leading by eight shots however that advantage apparently wasn't good enough as all the Trojans did on Sunday was extend their lead. Eventually the final margin was 18-strokes as USC completed the tournament even-par and well in front of runner-up Pac-12 rival No. 12 Stanford (+18). Even further back in third place it was No. 5 Oregon (+20), Pepperdine (+28) was fourth and Washington (+29) placed fifth.
The victory was the fourth of the year for USC and it concluded their regular season.
USC ended up with three players in the top-10 but none performed better than sophomore Justin Suh who won the first individual title of his career.
Suh, with three top-10 showings this season, fired rounds of 68-67-70 to post 5-under and win by four shots. During his even-par final round, Suh birdied four-times and bogeyed four-times with his best stretch of golf coming from Nos. 9-13 when he rolled in three birdies.
Behind Suh for USC came juniors Sean Crocker (T2; -1) and Jonah Texeira (T8: +2).
Joining Crocker in second place in the individual race was Joshua McCarthy of Pepperdine, Maverick McNealy of Stanford ended up fourth at even-par while Wyndham Clark of Oregon and Stanford's Isaiah Salinda; Bradley Knox shared fifth at 1-over.
Hole-In-One Alert: On Saturday there were not one, not two but three aces at Pasatiempo Golf Club.
The first was recorded by Pepperdine's Hunter Epson on the 15th hole with a pitching wedge, the second was holed by the Waves Robert Geibel with a 3rd hole 5-iron with the third coming from Cal's William Aldred on the 15th hole.
However the hole-in-one fireworks didn't end on Saturday with Cal's William Aldred carding his second of the tournament and then finally Washington's Daniel List joining the group to make it a total of five aces. Click here for more.