No. 16 USC Claims 36-Hole Lead At Pac-12 Championships|
April 27, 2015
Junior Bobby Gojuangco registered a 1-under 139 (70-69) to lead a team-wide strong 36-hole effort as the No. 16 USC men's golf team claimed first place after the first day of the 2015 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships at the Palouse Ridge G.C. in Pullman, Wash., on Monday (April 27).
USC, a three-time winner this year, combined for a 1-under 599 (355-344) to take a six-stroke lead over second-place Arizona State. Host Washington State and Stanford are tied for third at 10-over while Washington was fifth at 16-over.
The Trojans, looking for their first conference title since 2011 and Pac-12 best 20th overall, used steady first-round play to remain near the top of the leaderboard, finishing one back of the Sun Devils after 18 holes. The Trojans got sharper as the day grew longer, taking over first near the second-round turn and methodically stretching the lead.
Gojuangco, with four top 11 finishes this year but none in his last three events, is tied for eighth, six back of first and one of six Trojans in the top 22. He carded three birdies in both solid rounds.
Freshman Sean Crocker is tied for 10th at even 140 (72-68). He was even in his first round before a double bogey on his final hole left him 2-over. He had five second-round birdies en route to his team-best 16th round in the 60s this year.
Sophomore Rico Hoey's first-round 68 - his 15th under 70 this year -- led USC in the morning thanks to three birdies against just one bogey. He is tied for 18th overall (68-74) with senior Paul Smith (75-67) and freshman Jonah Texeira (73-69).
Texeira didn't have a morning birdie but had five in the afternoon for his 10th round in the 60s this year. Smith also rebounded from the tough first round with a five-birdie performance good for his first round in the 60s since Feb. 24.
Senior Eric Sugimoto tied for 22nd at 3-over 143 (72-71) thanks in part to a 3-under on his second-round back 9.
Play continues Tuesday and Wednesday. Action tomorrow begins at 8 a.m. Sugimoto will kick off USC's play at 9:06 a.m. off the first hole.