No. 1 USC Finishes Second At Western Intercollegiate

    April 13, 2016

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    Freshman Justin Suh turned in a 2-under 68 to register his first top 10 finish while sophomore Jonah Texeira carded a 1-under 69 as the No. 1 USC men’s golf team came from behind to flirt with first before finishing second in the regular-season finale at the Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo G.C. in Santa Cruz, Calif., Wednesday (April 13).

    The Trojans took second at 1-over 1051 (346-352-353), 10 back of winner Stanford. Oregon was third at 9-over. USC, which turned in its fifth top 2 finish this season, caught the Cardinal midway through the final round before Stanford pulled away.

    Texeira (72-67-69) joined seniors Rico Hoey (67-68-73) and Andrew Levitt (68-68-72) in a tie for fourth at 2-under 208. For Hoey, the finish marked his team-best eighth top 10 finish this season while it was the fifth for Texeira and the third for Levitt.

    Texeira turned in a five-birdie round to give him 10 rounds in the 60s this year, second-most on the team.

    Suh tied for eighth at 1-under 209 (67-74-68) thanks to a five-birdie round. It was his best finish since a tie for 13th in the Amer Ari Invitational to open the spring season.

    Sophomore Sean Crocker tied for 37th at 8-over 218 (72-75-71) while freshman Ryan Slater tied for 73rd at 20-over 230 (75-79-76). Junior David Kim, playing independently, finished 69th at 17-over 227 (70-78-79).

    USC next turns its sights to the post-season, starting with the Pac-12 Championship set for April 29-March 1 at the Country Club of Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    “We had a solid regular season. We had 3 wins and saw very good play out of our entire starting lineup,” USC Coach Chris Zambri said. “We are ready for a big finish to our year. The three biggest events by far lay ahead. Our season basically starts anew at the Pac-12 Championship.”