Hoey Tied For Second, No. 1 USC Tied For Fourth After Pac-12s First Day|
April 28, 2017
Senior Rico Hoey is tied for second while junior Jonah Texeira joined him in the top 20 to lead No. 1 USC to a tie for fourth place after a near-freezing and often wet 36-hole first day of the 2017 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championships at the Boulder (Colo.) C.C. on Friday (April 28).
The Trojans, one of six teams that completed two rounds, posted a 31-over 731 (366-365), 15 strokes back of first-place Oregon, one of the other half dozen teams which are a couple holes short of a complete round.
“We are not happy with where we stand at this point,” USC Coach Chris Zambri said. “Rico played like a champ today and Jonah did a solid job as well. Hopefully the rest of the crew will step up in the next two days so we can move up the board.”
USC, looking for its first conference team and individual crowns since 2011, was led by Hoey, who is tied for second at even 140 (72-68), capped by a second round that saw six birdies en route to his team-best 12th round in the 60s this year.
Hoey, who has not finished in the top 10 at the Pac-12 Championships the previous three years, is two back of first but leads all players who completed two rounds.
Texeira, whose best Pac-12 result was a tie for 23rd in 2015, worked his way to a 6-over 146 (74-72) to tie for 16th after two rounds with two birdies in both the morning and afternoon.
Play continues Saturday and Sunday, though expected inclement weather tomorrow may delay action.