Hoey 65 Leads USC To Third In Amer Ari First Round

    Feb. 6, 2014

    Results available at Golfstat.com

    Freshman Rico Hoey fired a 7-under 65 for second place while the No. 24 USC men's golf team finished in third after a strong showing during the first round of the 24th annual Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa (Hawaii) G.C., on Thursday (Feb. 6).

    USC, which won the event in 2009, combined for a 15-under 273 first round, two back of No. 3 Oklahoma State and one behind second-place TCU.

    Hoey's 65 is a collegiate best and featured eight birdies against just one bogey, including six birdies during a 5-under back 9. The 65 was USC's lowest round since Sam Smith fired a 62 last season.

    Senior Jeffrey Kang, who won a playoff for the individual title at this event in 2011, is tied for third at 6-under 66 while junior Anthony Paolucci is tied for 14th at 4-under 68. Kang's 66 tied a collegiate career best.

    Kang lowered his season best by four strokes with a near flawless round that included four birdies and an eagle on the par 5 14th hole. He was 6-under on the back 9. Paolucci, with two top 5 finishes in his last two starts, was even on the front 9 but 4-under on the back.

    Freshman Danny Ochoa tied for 93rd at 2-over 74 while senior Ramsey Sahyoun tied for 100th at 3-over 75.

    Junior transfer Eric Sugimoto, playing individually, was tied for 32nd at 2-under 70.

    Action continues Friday at 7:30 a.m. HT.