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USC Men’s Golf Loses a Heart Breaker

The Trojan’s Men Golf team comes up short in NCAA Match Play Tournament vs Illinois

2016 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship - Round Three Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

A National Championship still eludes the USC Men’s Golf Team, bringing an end to what was a great season. Even though Senior Rico Hoey’s par putt on 18, to keep the Trojans alive went wide, the senior has no reason to hang his head. Hoey and the rest of the team had an amazing season making the program’s 3rd straight NCAA Match Play Tournament, and with that, the Trojan golf team became one of only seven schools to have even qualified for NCAA match play four or more times.

The 6th seeded Trojans came up short against the 3rd seeded Fighting Illini of Illinois in a final score of 3-1-1. USC did well to try and defeat the Illini in their own back yard at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, IL. The loss ends the careers of seniors Rico Hoey and Andrew Levitt, as well as junior Sean Crocker who is going to continue playing his trade as a professional.

USC will now turn to freshman Cheng Jin, who managed to win his match, to continue to build off a season in which the team won 5 tournaments and their third top ten (finished 5th) finish in a row.