Suh, Trojans Grab Lead After Long Western Intercollegiate First Day

    Sophomore Justin Suh leads the Western Intercollegiate through the first 30 holes.
    April 8, 2017

    Results With sophomore Justin Suh taking the late second-round lead and four other Trojans joining him in the top 14, the No. 1 USC men’s golf team went out to an eight-stroke lead through most of 36 holes on the first day of the Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo G.C. in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Saturday (April 8).

    USC, looking for its fourth win this season, is a combined 8-under after a 3-under first round and a 5-under partial second round, stopped at 7:45 p.m. when play was halted due to darkness. Stanford is second at par while Washington is third at 6-over.

    Teams will complete the second round beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday and continue onto the final round.

    Suh, who has a pair of top 3 finishes this year, is looking for his first collegiate title, but is bunched among eight players under par. He posted a 2-under 68 in the first round and a string of birdies on 11, 12 and 13 propelled him to the second round lead at 5-under.

    Senior Andrew Levitt is tied for ninth at even, squaring his day after a 3-over first round with a 3-under second round through 12 holes as he seeks his second top 10 this year.

    Juniors Jonah Texeira and Sean Crocker as well as senior Rico Hoey are all tied for 14th at 1-over. Texeira posted a first-round 68. Crocker is looking to continue a string of seven straight events under par.

    Freshman Cheng Jin fired a first-round 67 but is tied for 23rd at 2-over after some second-round bumps.