Jackson Riverathe 2022 All-Pac-12 player who leads USC in the average stroke, rounds in the 1960s and top 20 finalists, is set to go on to one of the best new seasons in school history as a single entry in the NCAA Stockton (California.) regional tournaments, from Monday through Wednesday (May 16-18), at The Reserve at Spanos Park, hosted by Pacific.Rivera, also the 2022 All-Pac-12 Freshman Teamer, boasts an average team best stroke of 71.88, currently within the USC’s top 25 all-time season chart. He has yet to finish outside the top 36 anyway this season.
While USC did not qualify for the Regionals as a team, Rivera will be part of the 14 teams, five regionals in Stockton, where he is ranked second among the singles. The low individual on the team that does not advance from each of the six regional locations will advance to the 2022 NCAA Championship, scheduled for May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The field in Stockton includes #1 Arizona, #2 Washington, #3 Stanford, #4 LSU, #5 Oregon, #6 Nevada, #7 Liberty, #8 BYU, #9 UAB, #10 Houston, #11 UC Davis , No. 12 Denver, No. 13 Abilene Christian and No. 14 Weber State.
Individuals in addition to Rivera include #1 ranked Caden Fiorone (UNLV), #3 Tyler Schaffer (Long Beach state), #4 Nathan Cogswell (Seattle) and #5 Nate Dizzell (North Dakota).
Jackson is having one of the best freshman seasons in recent USC history. In two of his last three events, he has posted career-level efforts.
Most recently, he tied for sixth place in the 2022 Pac-12 Championships at 284 (73-68-74-69) and followed that same finish at Valspar Collegiate at 9-under 204 (66-68-70) where he reached a streak of Eight rounds of parity or better in a nine-round span (including six substandard rounds).
Rivera, with his eight best team rounds in the 1960s, leads the Trojans with a top 20 team round or better, including 17 under level. Rivera, who was USC’s top scorer in eight of 11 events, has six top 21 games, seven are 28th and has yet to finish in the top 36 in any case.
He posted rounds 65 and 63 at NIT in Arizona, the latter being USC’s first 63 since then Kaito Onishi in November of 2017 and the first Effort 9 under the control of the Trojans since Riku Hoyi earlier that year in February.
USC Rivera led all golfers through the fall season, and got off to a great start early in his Trojan horse career. He started in all four of USC’s Fall 2021 events, scoring three of the 18 finalists and four as a 28th. He was the best Troy finalist in each event and led the Trojans on average stroke at 71.58.
In fact, Rivera was the first Trojan horse to lead the men at every fall event since the All-American Justin Soh did it in 2017. Rivera’s best achievement was a 13th-place tie at the Colonial Collegiate Invitational at 2-over 212 (72-75-65). ) while his lowest under par turn was 5-under-211 (73-68-70) at Georgia Collegiate Golf Club, good for a tie for 16th.