No. 1 USC In Third After Western Intercollegiate First Round|
April 11, 2016
Junior Rico Hoey and freshman Justin Suh each fired 3-under 67s to lead the No. 1 USC men’s golf team to third place after the first round of the Western Intercollegiate on Monday (April 11) at the Pasatiempo G.C. in Santa Cruz, Calif.
The Trojans, looking for their fourth win in the final regular season event, combined for a 4-under 346 in the six-play, five-count format. Oregon leads at 9-under while Stanford is second at 5-under and Pepperdine is fourth at 2-under.
Hoey produced a pair of eagles (on 9 and 13) as well as four birdies during his team-best 11th round in the 60s this season, the junior looking for his eighth top 10 this year and first win.
He and Suh are four shots off the pace. Suh, who registered his fourth round in the 60s this year, carded four birdies against just one bogey today.
Senior Andrew Levitt is tied for seventh after his 2-under 68, which included five birdies, including four between 7 and 11. Like Hoey, it was his second straight round under 70 and was his fifth overall.
Sophomores Sean Crocker and Jonah Texeira are tied for 38th at 2-over 72. Crocker had two bogeys while Texeira had three bogeys and a birdie. Freshman Ryan Slater, playing as the sixth starter this week, is tied for 64th at 5-over 75.
Junior David Kim, playing individually and seeing action in just his second event this season, is tied for 21st at even 70 after an eagle on 9 and bogeys on 10 and 11.
USC will be paired with Stanford for Tuesday’s second round, which begins with another shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.