USC defends title at Jones Invitational
Andrew Levitt
Andrew Levitt

TUSTIN, California (March 1, 2016) -- The USC men’s golf team turned in a dominating performance to win the Southwestern Jones Invitational on Tuesday at North Ranch C.C.

Senior Andrew Levitt fired a final-round 68 to catch and pass teammate Jonah Texeira and clinch his first career collegiate victory.

It was the Trojans' second tournament win of the season -- they posted a team total of 26-under 838 (280-282-286), 20 better than host Pepperdine and 25 better than third-place San Diego State.

Levitt won medalist honors at 8-under 208 (72-68- 68), overtaking sophomore Jonah Texeira in the final round. Texeira posted 7-under 209 (69-67-73). He led for most of the three rounds and was 3-under through No. 10, but hit his first rough patch during the home stretch, bogeying three late holes. Texeira’s tie for second was still a career-best finish as a Trojan and marked the fourth top 8 he’s had this season.

“Winning always feels good and I’m happy for all the guys on the team,” USC Coach Chris Zambri said. “But I’m especially happy for Andrew, a senior who won his first college tournament. We have an event next week so for us it’s just back to the drawing board and figuring out how to get ourselves ready for that.”


San Diego State turned in two strong individual performances from Nahum Mendoza III (3rd place at 7- under) and Ryann Ree (4th place at 6-under). Ree also had the low round of the tournament, moving way up the board in the final round with a 65.

USC Sophomore Sean Crocker was part of a three- way tie for fifth at 5-under 211 along with Maverick Antcliff (Augusta) and Frederick Wedel (Pepperdine)

-- USC Athetics provided information for this story

Results: Southwestern Invitational
1CAAndrew LevittLadera Ranch, CA60072-68-68=208
T2CAJonah TexeiraPorter Ranch, CA40069-67-73=209
T2CANahum Mendoza IIISan Diego, CA40070-69-70=209
4CARyann ReeRedondo Beach, CA30072-73-65=210
T5TXFrederick WedelThe Woodlands, TX30072-69-70=211

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ABOUT THE Southwestern Invitational

54-hole men's college tournament with team (best four scores of five players) and individual competitions. The Southwestern Invitational is the combination of two previously existing tournaments: the Southwestern Intercollegiate (started by USC in 1978) and the Jones Invitational (hosted by Pepperdine since 2014).

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