No. 3 USC Tied For Third After NCAA Region Opener|
May 16, 2016
Sophomore Sean Crocker fired a 2-under 70 to lead the No. 3 USC men’s golf team on the first day of the 2016 NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional on Monday (May 16), the Trojans finishing tied for third after the first day of play.
USC combined for a 3-over 291 on the University of New Mexico Championship Course, tied with Texas Tech and five strokes back of first-place and second-seed Arizona State’s 286. Second-seed South Florida is second at 1-over 289 while TCU is fifth (292), San Diego State is sixth (293) and host New Mexico is seventh (294). Just 11 strokes separate the top nine teams.
The Trojans, a region top seed for the first time since 2012 and for the fourth time since 2008, need a top 5 finish in Albuquerque – one of six regions in play this week – to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., set for May 27-June 1. USC finished a program-best NCAA runner-up last year.
Crocker turned in his best round since March with his 2-under performance, sinking four birdies, including three during a 2-under front 9. He is tied for third and one back of first.
Freshman Justin Suh, with three top 20 finishes in his last four outings, is tied for 16th at 1-over 73 after a three-birdie round while sophomore Jonah Texeira and senior Rico Hoey are tied for 24th at 2-over 74.
Hoey was 3-over on his front 9 despite two birdies and was 4-over through 14 before closing with birdies on 15 and 18. Senior Andrew Levitt is tied for 63rd at 7-over 79.
USC will resume play Tuesday (May 17) at 8:20 a.m. (MT) with TCU and San Diego State.
The Trojans are looking to earn their 57th team trip to the NCAA final and the 10th in a row. Their current streak of nine is tied for the second longest streak in the country (UCLA has gone 12 straight times). USC finished third at the NCAA Washington Region last year to advance to the NCAA final, where they finished as a program-best runner-up.