Trojans Lead After Second Round of Amer Ari Invitational

    Feb. 3, 2017


    A day after freshman Kyle Suppa fired a 64, senior Rico Hoey did him one better with a 63 to lead the No. 6 USC men's golf team into first place after the second round of the Amer Ari Invitational on Friday in Hawaii. All Trojans finished under par on Friday, and Hoey performed notably well at 9-under 63 on the day. Additionally, although they are playing as individual entries (meaning they do not count toward USC's team score), freshmen Suppa and Cheng Jin had big days at 3-under 69 and 7-under 65 respectively. Jin had the only eagle of the day for the Trojans on the fourth hole.

    The Trojans currently hold the lead over second-place Texas Tech by one stroke with a combined 35-under 541 for the Trojans (273-268) against 34-under 542 for the Aggies (270-272). Stanford stands in third place with 16-under 560 (278-282).

    Hoey was markedly consistent all afternoon, tallying birdies on his first two holes and totaling nine on the day. The 18th-ranked golfer in the nation currently owns the top score in the tournament at 14-under 130 (67-63). Sophomore Justin Suh also tallied a notable performance today with 5-under 67, including five birdies over his last six holes and eight birdies total, and is tied for eighth overall.

    Senior Andrew Levitt finished 4-under 68, while juniors Sean Crocker and Jonah Texeira both tallied 2-under 70. Crocker is one of the most decorated Trojan golfers and is ranked sixth nationally.



    "Rico [Hoey] had an incredible day today," said Trojan head coach Chris Zambri. "In addition, guys like Andrew Levitt and Justin Suh hung tough and finished liked champs. I'm looking forward to a battle tomorrow."

    The third and final round will take place on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT.