Crocker 64 Leads No. 1 USC To Second Place After NCAA Washington Regional Opener|
May 15, 2017
Junior Sean Crocker fired a USC career-best 7-under 64 while sophomore Justin Suh posted a 3-under 68 to lead No. 1 and top-seeded USC into second place after a cold but largely dry opening round of the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional at the Aldarra G.C. in Sammamish, Wash., on Monday (May 15).
The Trojans, seeking their 11th straight trip the NCAA final field, combined for a 4-under 280 to open the regional, two back of first-place Florida State and five ahead of Alabama in third as the expected rain held off for most of the round. Kent State and Texas A&M are tied for third at 3-over while San Diego State and Penn State are tied for sixth at 6-over.
USC currently shares with Texas the nation’s longest active streak of NCAA final appearances at 10.
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams are competing at each of three regionals while the three other regionals feature 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals, May 26-31 at Rich Harvest G.C. in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Crocker, whose previous best rounds as a Trojan were a pair of 66s, threw down a 64 in Washington thanks to a 6-under front 9 and two more birdies on 11 and 12 that followed a lone bogey on 10.
The round, USC’s best since senior teammate Rico Hoey fired a 63 earlier this season, gave Crocker a three-stroke lead as he looks for his first win as a Trojan. He has one playoff loss and a handful of second-place finishes.
Crocker’s round was also USC’s best NCAA regional 18-hole performance since Sam Smith followed his 2013 Pullman Regional opening 62 with a second-round 64.
Suh’s 68 helped him to a tie for third and, like Crocker, was his 12th round in the 60s this year, one back of Hoey’s team-best 13. Suh had two birdies and an eagle on 7 to get to 4-under through 10, where he stayed until a bogey on 18.
Action continues Tuesday and Wednesday.