Hoey Leads Trojans During Western Intercollegiate First Day

    April 12, 2014


    Freshman Rico Hoey fired a pair of 68s to lead No. 21 USC into fifth place after a 36-hole first day of the 68th annual Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo G.C. in Santa Cruz, Calif.

    USC combined for a 10-over 710 (355-355), 14 back of first-place Stanford at 4-under 696 in the six-play, five-count format. Washington is second at 702, California is third (704) and San Diego State is fourth (709).

    Hoey extended his streak of rounds in the 60s to seven with a pair of 68s for a two-round 4-under 136, two off a three-way tie for first. He had four birdies in his first round and five in his second.

    Junior Eric Sugimoto is tied for 14th at even 140 (74-66) thanks to his USC career-best effort in the second round. His 4-under second round featured six birdies, including three straight to open the round.

    Senior Jeffrey Kang is tied for 25th at 3-over 143 (69-74). Kang was 5-under on holes 4-18 between his two rounds but 8-over between 1-3.

    Junior Anthony Paolucci tied for 34th at 4-over 144 (71-73) while junior Paul Smith (73-76) and senior Ramsey Sahyoun (75-73) are tied for 66th at 9-over 149.

    Final round action begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.