Trojans Finish First 36 NCAA Holes At 9-under|
May 27, 2017
Note: Story published as half the field plays through second round
Senior Rico Hoey’s 68 matched his best NCAA round since 2014 while sophomore Justin Suh and freshman Cheng Jin were also under par as No. 1 USC, after an early start to finish its first round, posted a 5-under second round on Saturday (May 26) at the 2017 Men’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
USC completed its first round early this morning along with 14 other teams whose Friday play was cut short due to darkness, turning in a 4-under 284. The morning wave continued play and Troy pocketed a 5-under 283 second round for a 9-under 567, inside the top 5 among teams in the clubhouse.
The Trojans, a five-time winner this year, needs to be among the top 15 teams after Sunday’s round to advance to the final round and among the top 8 to earn a berth into the eight-team match bracket to play for the NCAA title. USC was runner up in 2015, a semifinalist in 2016.
Suh finished his day at 7-under 137 (67-70), tied for for second among early finishers. The sophomore was rolling at 4-under in his round before his first true stumble of the tournament, a triple bogey on the tricky 17th hole. He bounced back with a birdie on 18 to get to -2 for the day.
Hoey carded a 68, equaling his best NCAA round, which came in his debut effort in 2014. It moved him to 2-under 142 (74-68), inside the top 25 with Jin (72-70).
Third round pairings will be decided after the second round is complete.