Hoey, Crocker Lead No. 4 USC At Southwestern Invitational

    Senior Rico Hoey
    Feb. 27, 2017


    Senior Rico Hoey continued his torrid play with a 7-under outing while junior Sean Crocker is tied for 10th at 3-under to lead No. 4 USC to second place after almost 36 holes on Monday of the Southwestern Invitational at the North Ranch C.C.

    USC, which featured five players counting and five players as individuals, finished the brisk day at 6-under in second, one ahead of third-place Washington but 15 back of a host Pepperdine team that saw red all day.

    Hoey topped the Trojans with his 7-under 137 (67-68) opening act, tied for second, with 11 birdies in 36 holes and one eagle. His rounds give him 10 in the 60s this season in 20 chances, including in six of the last seven starts. Hoey, with a pair of firsts to his credit this year and four straight top 9 finishes, is five back of first.

    Crocker sits at 2-under 142 (73-69), finishing strong with a second round that saw six birdies. He now has eight rounds in the 60s this year.

    Freshman Cheng Jin is tied for 22nd at 1-over 145 (73-72), junior Jonah Texeira is tied for 26th at 2-over with a couple holes of round two to go, while sophomore Justin Suh is 30th at 3-over 147 (74-73).

    Senior Andrew Levitt, the defending champ of the event, led USC’s individual players tied for 38th at 5-over 149 (75-74) while senior Danny Ochoa is tied for 50th at 7-over 151 (73-78).



    Freshman Kyle Suppa (73-79) and senior David Kim (80-72) are tied for 55th at 8-over 152 while redshirt freshman Ing Ratanavadi is tied for 80th at 22-over 166 (80-86).

    Second round play will conclude at 7:30 a.m. the third round scheduled to start at approximately 8:15 a.m.