Suppa Fires 64 To Grab Amer Ari First Round Lead|
Feb. 2, 2017
Freshman Kyle Suppa, playing in his home state, registered USC’s lowest score in more than three seasons with an 8-under 64 while the No. 6 USC men’s golf team combined for a 15-under 273 to kick off the 2017 spring season at the Amer Ari Invitational on Thursday (Feb. 2) at the Waikoloa (Hawaii) G.C.
USC, the defending champion of the event, is in second after its first round, three back of first place Texas Tech. Stanford is third at 10-under 278.
Suppa, from Honolulu but with plenty of experience on the Waikoloa Kings Course on the neighboring big island, was on fire from his starting hole on 14, which he birdied. After a par on 15, he birdied 16 and 17 before an eagle on 18 and another birdie on 1 to move to 6 under. He got all the way to 9-under after a birdie on 8 before bogeys on 9 and 10. He parred 11 and 12 and finished off the amazing round with a birdie on 13.
Suppa, who played as an individual entry today along with fellow Trojan freshman Cheng Jin (their scores not counting to USC’s overall total), turned in USC’s best round since then-senior Sam Smith also posted a 64 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional. The lowest round before that was 24 hours earlier when Smith fired a 10-under 62 in the 2013 regional’s first round.
Suppa is tied with Arizona State’s Jared duToit for first while TCU’s Stefano Massoli is one back at 7-under 65.
Senior Rico Hoey is tied for sixth after a 5-under 67 while junior Sean Crocker is tied for eighth after his 4-under 68. Both had six birdies on the day as they carded their team-high-tying seventh rounds under 70.
Action continues on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT both days.