No. 3 USC Advances To 10th Straight NCAA Championships Final|
May 18, 2016
Sophomores Jonah Texeira and Sean Crocker and freshman Justin Suh all carded 1-over 73s to lead the No. 3 USC men's golf team during a strong final round at the 2016 NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional on Wednesday (May 18), the Trojans finishing third to secure a trip to their 10th consecutive NCAA Championships final.
During another 18 holes at the University of New Mexico Championships course marked by strong winds and challenging conditions, USC turned in the day's second-best final round and finished the three-day event at a combined 31-over 895 (291-311-293), one of 30 teams from six regionals to advance to the NCAA Championships set for May 27-June 1 at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C.
Arizona State won the Albuquerque Regional at 12-over 876 while TCU was second at 24-over 888. South Florida took fourth at 35-over 899 while San Diego State defeated Texas A&M in a playoff for the final berth after schools tied for fifth at 40-over 904.
"Coach (Tyler) Goulding and I are so proud of our players," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "In conditions that were so unlike what we play and practice in daily, our guys came through in a big way. It was trying to say the least and they had great attitudes all week. We are so pumped to get to Eugene and try to win a national championship."
With the third-place finish, USC earns a chance to go one step further than it did last year when the Trojans reached the NCAA Championships match play final before falling to LSU. The runner-up finish was a program-best finish.
Crocker was USC's rock throughout the blustery three days in New Mexico, tying his season-best effort with a second-place finish at 1-over 217 (70-74-73). He had three birdies in his final round, including on 14 and 18 to close his day.
Suh turned in his third top 19 effort in a row and the fifth this year with a tie for 17th at 10-over 226 (73-80-73). He was 5-over through 13 after a triple bogey on 13, but rebounded with birdies on 15 and 16 and an eagle on 18.
Sophomore Jonah Texeira tied for 22nd at 11-over 227 (74-80-73), sinking two birdies in today's round for his third straight top 26 result.
Senior Andrew Levitt tied for 34th at 14-over 230 (79-77-74) and closed his round with three birdies over his final seven holes.
Junior Rico Hoey, Troy's top player all season, was picked up by his teammates over the final two rounds after providing a counting round on day one. He tied for 43rd at 17-over 233 (74-82-77).