Crocker Leads No. 5 USC In Season-Opening Husky Invitational

    Sept. 21, 2015


    Sophomore Sean Crocker fired a 69 and a 68 to grab a share of first and lead the No. 5 USC men’s golf team in a season-opening 36-hole day at the Husky Invitational in Suncadia, Wash., on Monday (Sept. 21).

    The Trojans, in their first action since reaching the NCAA Championships match play final in a program-best finish, combined for a two-round 16-over 584 (300-284), good for fourth, six back of first-place Oregon State. USC, a three-time winner last year, is one behind Oregon and Washington, which are tied for second.

    Crocker, the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, looked good in his first day competing as a sophomore, finishing the first round at 5-under 137 to tie for first. The 137 ties his best combined first and second round of his collegiate career, which he did twice last year.

    After a 2-under to open play, Crocker went out in the first round with a 1-over front 9 before closing at 4-under on the back. He birdied 10 as well as 13 through 16.

    Junior Rico Hoey, who joined Crocker as an All-American last year, climbed to sixth at 2-over 144 (74-70). He rallied for a 1-under second round with four birdies and an eagle on the par 5 15th hole.

    Senior Andrew Levitt, in his second career start, is tied for 29th at 8-over 150 (77-73), freshman Justin Suh, in his Trojan debut, is tied for 40th at 11-over 153 (80-73) and sophomore Jonah Texeira is tied for 53rd at 13-over 155 (81-74).

    In the Husky Individual event, freshman Ryan Slater tied for 17th at 12-over 156 (75-81).



    Action finishes Tuesday.