Hoey 66 Helps USC To First-Round Lead At Amer Ari Invitational

    Feb. 5, 2015


    Sophomore Rico Hoey fired a 6-under 66 while junior Bobby Gojuangco carded a 3-under 69 to lead the USC men's golf team to a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa Beach (Hawaii) on Thursday (Feb. 5) to kick off the spring season.

    USC finished the first round at a combined 12-under 276, one better than Arizona State and Washington and two better than fourth-place Stanford. Oregon and Oregon State were tied with Auburn and Texas Tech at four back in the Pac-12 dominated top eight teams.

    Hoey's round, which featured four birdies and an eagle on the par 5 18th hole, was his fourth of 66 or better this year, his third straight in the 60s and his seventh in the 60s this season. He is alone in third, one shot off the lead as he looks for his third top 3 result this year.

    Gojuangco is tied for 12th at -3 after a six-birdie day. It was his fifth round in the 60s this year as he tries to build on a pair of top 10 fall finishes.

    Freshman Sean Crocker tied for 24th at 2-under 70. He was at 4-under with six birdies before two late bogeys. Fellow freshman Jonah Texeira, playing individually, is also tied for 24th.

    Senior Eric Sugimoto is tied for 40th at 1-under 71. He was at 1-over heading into his final hole, but eagled the par 5 4th to get to under par for the round. Senior Paul Smith is tied for 49th at even 72. He opened at 3-under through his first 10 holes before he lost six shots over a three-hole stretch between 7 and 9. To his credit, he rallied and birdied three of his final five holes to get back to par.



    Action continues Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m. (HT) with shotgun starts.