Smith Leads Trojans During Pac-12 Championships Opener

    Junior Paul Smith

    April 25, 2014

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    Junior Paul Smith fired a two-round 2-under 142 to lead No. 20 USC at the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships as the Trojans, one of three schools to get through 36 holes, finished tied for fifth after the first day of the conference tilt at The Galley at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

    The Trojans combined for a 20-over 740 (377-363), currently 22 back of No. 3 Stanford, one of nine schools that will finish the second round beginning at 7 a.m. MT on Saturday (April 26). No. 4 California got in the clubhouse in second at 2-over 722.

    Smith got off to an early start at 3-under through his first four holes en route to a 1-under first round and got five more birdies in his 1-under second round. He twice birdied 2, 4, 10 and 15. Smith, whose best finish this year is a tie for seventh, is in a five-way tie for second at 2-under, four back of first.

    Junior Eric Sugimoto is tied for 13th at 2-over 146 (74-72). He was even with three birdies in his first round before a late double bogey. He eagled the 2nd hole in his second round en route to a pair of even nines in his second round.

    Senior Jeffrey Kang tied for 31st at 6-over 150 (79-71) while freshman Rico Hoey is tied for 38th at 7-over 151 (78-73). Senior Ramsey Sahyoun is tied for 49th at 10-over 154 (78-76) while junior Anthony Paolucci is tied for 59th at 12-over 156 (76-80).

    Action continues Saturday and Sunday.