No. 14 USC Locks Up Return Trip To NCAA Championships Final|
May 16, 2015
Junior Bobby Gojuangco fired a 5-under 67 while sophomore Rico Hoey and freshman Sean Crocker posted top 10 finishes to lead the No. 14 USC men's golf team to third place - and a spot in the 2015 NCAA Championships final -- at the NCAA Regional at Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash., on Saturday (May 16).
The Trojans earned their ninth straight trip the NCAA final - the second longest streak in the country -- at a combined 17-under 847 (281-288-278), closing with a 10-under final round. UAB won the regional at 21-under 843 while the region's top seed, South Carolina, was second at 19-under 845. TCU and the region's host, Washington, tied for fourth to capture the final two spots from the region at 10-under 854.
Overall, six 54-hole regional tournaments were conducted. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams competed at three regionals while the other three regionals featured 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional advanced to the finals, May 29-31, at Concession C.C. in Bradenton, Fla.
Hoey finished fourth at 8-under 208 (69-69-70) while Crocker took ninth at 5-under 211 (66-72-73). Hoey had three birdies today and finished the final 14 holes at 3-under. Crocker was 3-over on his front, including an eagle, and was 2-under on the back with two birdies.
Freshman Jonah Texeira tied for 15th at 3-under 213 (71-74-68) thanks to a five-birdie day, including three over the final five holes. It was his 11th round under 70 this year.
Gojuangco (78-78-67) and senior Eric Sugimoto (75-73-75) tied for 52nd at 7-over 223. Gojuangco's final round was his 10th in the 60s this year and featured four birdies and an eagle on 14.