Hoey Leads USC As Trojans Complete NCAA First Round

    May 24, 2014


    Freshman Rico Hoey completed a 2-under 68 for a top 20 first round to highlight USC's efforts as the Trojans - and the rest of the field - enjoyed more favorable weather during the second day of the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at the Prairie Dunes C.C. in Hutchinson, Kan., Saturday (May 24).

    The Trojans finished their combined first round today at 16-over 296 and left themselves some work as they try to climb back into the hunt for a 54-hole top 8 finish and a berth into the match-play playoff to determine the national champion.

    USC, part of the second wave of the second round, will begin its second round at 5:20 a.m. PT.

    Hoey's 2-under, which started Friday morning on the 10th hole, included a 3-under front 9 - much of it yesterday - and a 1-over coming home. He had five birdies on the day.

    Juniors Anthony Paolucci, Eric Sugimoto and Paul Smith all finished at 6-over 76 while senior Jeffrey Kang finished at 7-over 77. Paolucci and Kang did gather themselves on their back 9s today, both posting even half rounds coming home.

    "Rico played well, but we need the rest of the guys to step up," USC Coach Chris Zambri said, whose Trojans are one of only six teams to make it through to the NCAA final round since the six-regional format was instituted in 2009. "We are looking for a great day tomorrow. More than anything, we need to drive the ball in the fairway. Every hole is lined by tall weeds and we spent way too much time exploring them during our first round."