No. 1 USC A Shot Out Of First After NCAA Championships Third Round|
May 28, 2017
Note: Story published as half the field plays through third round
Senior Rico Hoey followed his second-round 68 with a 6-under 66 while junior Sean Crocker and freshman Cheng Jin turned in 1-under 71s to lead No. 1 USC to a shot out of first after the third round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., on Sunday (May 28).
The Trojans combined for an 8-under 280 – tied for best round among the first wave of teams – to move to 17-under 847 (284-283-280), one back of Vanderbilt.
USC, a five-time winner this year, safely advances to Monday’s final round of 15 teams, seeking a top 8 finish for a berth into the eight-team match bracket to play for the NCAA title. USC was runner up in 2015, a semifinalist in 2016.
Hoey’s 66 is USC’s best round at the NCAA Championships since freshman Yi Keun Chang’s NCAA second round in 2013 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta.
Hoey opened with a 5-under front 9 and was 7-under through 11 holes. He bogeyed 12 and 14 as his momentum cooled, but finished with a birdie on 18 to move to 8-under 208 (74-68-66). Second a year ago, Hoey is again in the hunt, among eight players 7-under or better.
That includes sophomore Justin Suh, who was even today and will begin tomorrow’s round at 7-under 209 (67-70-72) after a five-birdie day mixed with a bogey and two doubles.
Jin moved into the top 25 at 3-under 213 (72-70-71) after his second round under par in a row while Crocker posted his round of the tournament and is now 7-over 223 (74-78-71). Senior Andrew Levitt, after a 4-over third round, is now 6-over 222 (71-75-76).