No. 3 USC One Shot Back After NCAA Championships First Round|
May 27, 2016
Freshman Justin Suh fired a 2-under 68 while senior Andrew Levitt and junior Rico Hoey each turned in even rounds as No. 3 USC finished tied for third after the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Championships on Friday (May 27) at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C.
The Trojans, who finished a program-best runners-up a year ago, combined for a 3-over 283, one back of the 282 posted by Arkansas and TCU. The Trojans are tied with San Diego State and Vanderbilt in third while Florida State and Oklahoma State are tied for sixth at 5-over 285. LSU and Florida are tied for eighth at 6-over 286.
The top eight teams in the 30-team field after four rounds of stroke play will advance to an eight-team match play bracket to decide the title with quarterfinals and semifinals on Tuesday and the final on Wednesday.
Suh, tied for fourth and one shot back of the lead, registered his seventh round in the 60s this year and his first since the Pac-12 second round thanks to a four-birdie effort against two bogeys.
Senior Andrew Levitt, like Suh making his NCAA Championships debut, joined junior Rico Hoey in a tie for 16th with a par 70. Levitt opened with a birdie on 10 and had two more on 4 and 6 during his even round. Hoey had four birdies during his par round, three on his back 9.
The Trojans will re-join Texas and Stanford for the second round Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m.
USC finished fifth in stroke play last year to earn its second match-play berth since the format changed 2009. It was that year when the Trojans secured their other match play spot after a third place finish (ultimately losing in the quarterfinals).