Kang Second, Trojans Tie For 3rd At Amer Ari Invitational

    Feb. 8, 2014

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    Senior Jeffrey Kang turned in another strong effort and came oh-so-close to his second career tournament win while junior Anthony Paolucci and freshman Rico Hoey also posted top finishes as the No. 24 USC men's golf team tied for third at the 24th annual Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa (Hawaii) G.C., on Saturday (Feb. 8).

    USC, which won the event in 2009, finished a combined 29-under 835 (273-280-282). Oklahoma State won at 45-under 819 with Washington second at 33-under 831.

    Kang, who claimed his first collegiate title in Waikoloa in 2012 after defeating current PGA player Jordan Spieth, seemed poised to win again with a late lead. But Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge caught fire on the back 9, going 5-under over the last five holes, including an eagle on the par 5 18th, to win at 16-under 200.

    Kang took second at 15-under 201 (66-67-68). He started on the fourth hole and got to 16-under with a birdie on 2, but finished with a bogey on 3 to close his round. Still, it was Kang's first time that he strung three sub-70 rounds in the same event since his last win in Hawaii.

    Hoey tied for seventh at 11-under 205 (65-69-71) while Paolucci tied for ninth at 10-under 206 (68-67-71). It was the third top 10 finish for each player, They share the team lead with six rounds in the 60s.

    Senior Ramsey Sahyoun tied for 104th at 8-over 224 (75-77-72) and freshman Danny Ochoa finished 115th at 12-over 228 (74-78-76). Junior Eric Sugimoto, playing individually, tied for 20th at 8-under 208 (70-70-68).