Hoey Ties For First, USC Finishes Second at Amer Ari Invitational|
Feb. 4, 2017
Trojan senior standout Rico Hoey tied for first individually with a score of 16-under 200 (67-63-70) at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii before falling to Texas Tech's Fredrik Nilehn in a playoff, while the USC men's golf team took second place to Texas Tech by a score of 44-under 820 (270-272-278) to 36-under 828 (273-268-287) on Saturday (Feb. 5).
USC's second place finish breaks their two-tournament win streak. Hoey and junior Sean Crocker led the Men of Troy on Saturday with 2-under 70 apiece. Six Pac 12 teams finished the tournament in the top 10, including Oregon, Arizona St., Colorado, Stanford and UCLA.
Crocker's performance on Saturday was particularly notable as he tallied seven birdies, five of them coming on the back nine. The Westlake Village, Ca. native finished T-13th in the tournament at 8-under 208 (68-70-70). Junior Jonah Texeira added five birdies of his own on the back nine, and finished at 3-over 75.
Sophomore Justin Suh shot an even 72 on the day, completing a strong tournament performance tied with Crocker in 13th place overall individually with a score of 8-under 208 (69-67-72). Ladera Ranch native Andrew Levitt and Hawaii-born Kyle Suppa both shot 4-over 76. Suppa and freshman Cheng Jin, the latter of whom shot a 7-over 79, both played the tournament as individual entries, meaning they do not count toward their team's overall score.
USC men's golf will compete next on February 27-28 at the Southwestern Invitational in Westlake Village, Calif.