Trojans Finish 2nd At Southwestern Intercollegiate

    Sept. 9, 2014

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    Freshman Sean Crocker tied for second at 5-under to lead USC's season-opening efforts at the 2014 Southwestern Intercollegiate, the Trojans taking second after final-round play finished at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., on Tuesday (Sept. 9).

    USC combined for a three-round 11-over 863 (288-292-283), finishing 15 back of winner Stanford (848). Washington State was 10 back of the Trojans for third (873) while Pepperdine, co-hosting with Troy, was seventh (885).

    "Although we don't like finishing second, there were a lot of positives this week," USC ninth-year coach Chris Zambri said. "The play of Sean Crocker would be the first to mention. He put up three solid rounds for us. Eric Sugimoto played a nice final round and showed that this year could be a big one for him. Stanford looks to be solid once again. We'll need more great play from everyone in the lineup if we are to beat them the next time we see them."

    Crocker tied for second at 5-under 208 (68-72-68) after his second 3-under round of the tournament. He was 1-under going out and 2-under coming home with four birdies on the day.

    Senior Eric Sugimoto tied for ninth at 3-over 216 (72-76-68) while sophomore Rico Hoey, in his first event after his All-American freshman campaign, tied for 16th at 6-over 219 (74-73-72). Sugimoto opened play 4-under through 10 before settling for 3-under with a five-birdie round. Hoey was 1-over on the front with two birdies and even on the back with two more birdies.

    Freshman Jonah Texeira tied for 26th at 9-over 222 (74-73-75) while sophomore Danny Ochoa rounded out USC's starters tied for 55th at 17-over 230 (77-74-79).

    Senior Paul Smith led a quartet of individual performers with a tie for 21st at 8-over 221 (72-77-72). Although he started 5-over through nine, he turned in a blistering back 9, climbing the leader board thanks to five birdies over the last seven holes, including four in a row to close play.

    Freshman Bakari Bolden tied for 42nd at 13-over 226 (74-76-76) while junior Bobby Gojuangco (75-75-77) and Andrew Levitt (73-77-77) tied for 48th at 14-over 227.