Southern California, LSU win semi matches, move on to championship
BRADENTON, Fla. -- An exciting day of eliminations at The Concession Golf Club left just Southern California and LSU standing Tuesday, setting the stage for the championship match.
Seeded seventh among match play teams, LSU knocked out second-seeded Vanderbilt 3-1-1 in the morning session, with sophomore Brandon Pierce delivering a deciding blow with a 1UP win against the Commodores’ Theo Hunphrey.
Pierce didn’t finish in the semifinals, but didn’t need to as the Tigers knocked off third-seeded Georgia 3-1-1, getting victories from Eric Ricard, Zach Wright and Ben Taylor to advance to the title round.
“I couldn't be more excited, I’m just so proud of my team,” LSU senior Stewart Jolly said. “We've been working hard for this all year long, and hard work is paying off. I couldn't be happier to get started tomorrow.”
Southern California also climbed through two higher seeds, as the fifth-seed Trojans shut out fourth-seeded Texas 3-0-2 in a match that had three groups finish 18 holes all square. Freshman Sean Crocker finished the job for Southern California on the first playoff hole, topping Texas’ Gavin Hall to take the third point for the Trojans to advance to the semifinals.
The Trojans found success a little earlier in the evening session against top-seeded Illinois, finalizing two of their three matches on the 17th hole in a 3-1-1 victory. Bobby Gojunangco, Rico Hoey and Eric Sugimoto all picked up wins against the Illini to help the Trojans to their first match play championship round in school history.
LSU will play for its fifth title, Southern California for its first as action picks up live on Golf Channel at 11:30 a.m. ET.