Silverstein stressed his belief that the team won’t be “truly satisfied” until it completes a clean sweep of the season, winning every tournament it enters. The Trojans’ competitions include the Windy City Collegiate Invitational starting at the end of September, Stanford Intercollegiate in October and the Pac-12 Preview in November. The Trojans will play throughout the weekend in a tough competition field that includes No. 10 Pepperdine and No. 2 Arizona State. As for the rest of the season, the men’s team will compete in several tournaments including the Nike Collegiate in Portland, Ore. and the Cypress Point Classic at Pebble Beach. As the men’s team is coming in at No. 11 in the Golf Coaches Association of America’s preseason poll, the expectations will certainly be high for the team at the invite in Scottsdale, Ariz. The starting lineup includes senior Kyle Suppa, junior Issei Tanabe, junior transfer Leon D’Souza, freshman Yuxin Lin and sophomore Charlie Reiter. “[Lin] is playing some really good golf,” Zambri said. “His game looks like he’s ready to make a huge impact right now.” Men’s head coach Chris Zambri and women’s head coach Justin Silverstein said that they placed emphasis on competition amongst the players in the preseason. Both teams held intrasquad competitions where the five strongest performers earned spots in the starting lineup. “It’s a process for sure,” junior Jennifer Chang said. “Obviously we had a great year last year and, you know, we just want to keep it going, keep that momentum.” The men’s golf season begins this weekend as USC hits the road for the Maui Jim Invitational, while the women start off at the Annika Invitational Monday. The Trojans are debuting fresh faces and hoping for successful results at both courses. Zambri also suggested that although Suh’s talent will be missed, the Trojans’ depth may make them a better all-around team this season. According to senior Kyle Suppa, the team’s objective this season is placing well in tournaments to establish a solid ranking for the postseason. “Every tournament our goal is to win,” Suppa said. “That’s our main focus … We have to avoid bad tournaments because that can really hurt our ranking and affect our seeding going into the postseason.” WGCA, Golf Week and Golf Channel all ranked the women’s golf team No. 1 in their preseason polls. Coming off a seven-win season with all ten players returning, Silverstein’s squad is experienced and looking to continue its success. “I think we’re a little deeper this year than we were last year, and so it’s going to be hard for anyone to match the kind of year that Justin had, the kind of career that he had, but everyone clearly is hoping to,” Zambri said. “But even if we weren’t to get that kind of performance out of any one person, in total, I think we have a better team this year. “I think we’re so talented and so deep, that it helps prepare us for the end of the season with the tougher teams,” Silverstein said. As the competition season begins, both the men’s and women’s teams hope to prove that the work they put in during the preseason will show on the course. Their performances this weekend will indicate if the men’s team can recover from the loss of a star player and if the women’s team can maintain its all-star reputation. The women’s team will be heading to Lake Elmo, Minn. to compete in the Annika Invitational Monday. As a past champion of the event, the Trojans will face the top competitors in women’s college golf with No. 6 UCLA, No. 12 Arizona and No. 10 ASU all in the 54-hole stroke play. The starting lineup includes senior Aiko Leong, senior Allisen Corpuz, junior Jennifer Chang, junior Gabriela Ruffels and junior Alyaa Abdulghany. After losing two-time All-American Justin Suh last season, whom Zambri called USC’s best men’s golfer ever, the Trojans will have to find strength in their younger players. The Maui Jim Invitational marks Lin’s first appearance in a college tournament, and Zambri is expecting big things out of the freshman.
House Speaker Alexander J. Tyler has snubbed the rejection of the US$73 million Electoral District Development Bill by the Liberian Senate. The Speaker said no amount of public maneuverings and invincible hands can stop the money from being included in the national budget.The Speaker stated that the House is determined and stands by its decision to ensure that development goes backs to the districts, which they represent in the National Legislature.Speaker Tyler made the assertions Tuesday, May 20, when members of the National Governors Council of Liberia honored him for his “tremendous performance” at the national and international levels in the interest of the government and people of Liberia.“As we toured the country, we realized that there is the need to include the US$1m for the development of our communities. We are committed as Representatives of the people to ensure that development goes to the communities and we are also determined that from Gbarpolu to Maryland, every town will be developed,” Speaker Tyler told them.The Speaker also frown on the Liberian Senate for taking the rejection of the bill into the press instead of engaging the House of Representatives in order to find a ‘common ground.”“Internal issues must be handled inside before taken outside because it is not a good thing to run things in the press,” Speaker Tyler said. “As responsible and intelligent as everyone of us are, if we have an issue it would be appropriate to stop playing politics but rather sit on the round-table to sort things out than to take it to the media.“But we want to assure our people of development because when we end our tenure there should be something to boast of. Politics is politics, development is development; and the two can’t work together,” the Speaker asserted.He further said. “Let it be cleared that the US$73 million would not be implemented by the Legislature, we will only put it there.”Speaker Tyler’s statement stemmed from the unanimous rejection of the US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF) in the national fiscal budget following an hour of heated debate by senators during their 30th day sitting on Thursday, May 15.After its rejection, Senator Isaac Nyenabo is on record of being on a radio station and boasting of beginning the motion that rejected the bill.The Senate’s rejection of the Bill on Thursday followed a suggestion to plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the Committee was suggesting an increment in the current County Development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each for the 15 counties.Meanwhile, after the certification of Speaker Tyler, the National Governors Council requested that “all internal issues, which affect the Legislature or the nation be settled internally without going to the media; the renovation of Chief Compound on Camp Johnson Road be made a priority; that the Governors Council represents all the 16 tribes and there be a budgetary allocation for the Council.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)