Crocker Finishes 2nd, Hoey 4th At Season-Opening Husky Invitational

    Sept. 22, 2015

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    Sophomore Sean Crocker fired his third consecutive round under par to finish second at 6-under, junior Rico Hoey staged a late rally to capture fourth at par as the No. 5 USC men’s golf team finished fourth overall in the season-opening Husky Invitational in Suncadia, Wash., on Tuesday (Sept. 22).

    The Trojans wrapped play at 18-over 870 (300-284-286) with their second straight strong round. USC finished five back of Oregon and Washington, which tied for first at 13-over 865. Oregon State was third at 17-over 869. Troy’s final two rounds were the best combined rounds among the 14 teams.

    Crocker, who had eight top 10 finishes last year, took second at 6-under 207 (69-68-70) while Hoey, who had six top 5s last year, was fourth at even 213 (74-70-69) as the pair picked up where they left off from their 2015 All-American seasons.

    Crocker eagled 3 and 15 today to go with birdies on 11 and 16, though late bogeys on 17 and 18 cost him a chance at his second career win. Hoey went out at 1-under with birdies on 1 and 3. He fell to 1-over after a bogey on 16 but birdied 17 and eagled the par 4 18th hole to climb into the top 5.

    Senior Andrew Levitt, in his first career start, tied for 34th at 12-over 225 (77-73-75), sophomore Jonah Texiera tied for 43rd at 14-over 227 (81-74-72) and freshman Justin Suh tied for 50th at 16-over 229 (80-73-76).

    In the Husky Individual tournament, freshman Ryan Slater tied for 22nd at 19-over 235 (75-81-79) while senior Bobby Gojuangco finished with a final-round 74.

    “It was nice to have Sean and Rico play well,” USC 10th-year head coach Chris Zambri said. “We need way more from the rest of the guys in order to have a great team. We’ll take the lessons learned this week and be better at our next event.”

    USC returns to action Oct. 4-6 at the Nike Swoosh in Portland, Ore.