Hoey, USC In Second After 36 Holes Of Lamkin San Diego Classic

    March 10, 2014

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    Freshman Rico Hoey is tied for second at 4-under while three other Trojans are tied for 11th at par as the No. 23 USC men's golf team finished a 36-hole opener in second place, two off the lead, at the Lamkin San Diego Classic at the San Diego C.C. in Chula Vista, Calif., on Monday (March 10).

    The Trojans, still searching for their first win of the season, combined for a 4-under 572 (286-286), two back of co-host San Diego State (570). Michigan is third at 577 with Wake Forest fourth and co-host San Diego fifth (580).

    Hoey, looking for his second win, is tied for second at 4-under 140 (71-69). He had four birdies against three bogeys in his first round and four birdies and just one bogey in the second.

    Senior Jeffrey Kang (71-73) and juniors Anthony Paolucci (74-70) and Eric Sugimoto (70-74) are tied for 11th at par while junior Paul Smith is tied for 35th at 6-over 150 (74-76).

    "We have been fortunate this year to play a lot of very good courses," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "Today was no different. These are the type of courses that the biggest events of the year will be played on. We are getting some great training. We need to start training up on winning also. Tomorrow will be a great opportunity to get a win. In order to achieve our biggest goals this year, we will have to get in the habit of winning. We are all looking for a big day tomorrow.



    Kang, eyeing his sixth top 12, mixed three birdies and an eagle on the par 5 14th hole against two bogeys and a double during his first round and had two birdies in his 1-over second round.

    Paolucci, coming off his first collegiate win at the Jones Invitational, responded to his 2-over first round with a 2-under second that featured five birdies as he goes for his fifth top 10 and sixth top 12. Sugimoto went the other way with a 2-under opener and a 2-over second round. Smith, meanwhile, had two birdies during his day.

    Freshman Khaled Attieh, playing as an individual, tied for 58th at 12-over 156 (79-77).

    USC begins its final round Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.