Trojans prep for Prestige West event
After the Trojans were forced to withdraw from the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash., because of rain, the No. 8 USC menâs golf team tees off Sunday in the hopes of winning The Prestige event.
USC had eight scheduled holes remaining and was among 10 schools, including Oregon, UC Davis and University of Pacific, to withdraw from the Husky Invitational. The Trojans will enter another event looking to fulfill the missing rounds lost at the invitational.
âEven though it was rained out and we would have liked to play in it, it is not over-bearing,â junior Martin Trainer said. âWe prepared like we usually do, practice hard and be ready for the next tournament.â
This weekend USC will head to La Quinta, Calif., to compete in The Prestige. The invitational runs from Sunday through Tuesday at the PGA West golf course.
The notoriety of the course does not frighten the Trojans.
âWe get a practice round before each tournament,â Trainer said. âWe get to map out the course and see what are the good and bad spots.â
Trainer also noted that, although the course might change week-to-week, the preparation remains the same.
âStanford is a very good team, as usual, and they will be tough to beat throughout the year,â Trainer said. âWe canât worry about what others are doing. We just have to do what we do best, which is try to shoot low scores.â
Despite inclement weather that might be awaiting the Trojans and competition against some of the top teams in the nation, Trainer the team just has to be ready, no matter the circumstances.
âGolf is a mentally demanding sport and you have to be prepared for anything,â he said. âBeing on a course for five hours under pressure can wear you out mentally.â The Trojans prepare the most for these types of situations.
USC tees off on Oct. 9Â at the PGA West golf course in La Quinta.