Paolucci Leads Trojans At William H. Tucker Inv.

    Sept. 27, 2013


    The No. 23 USC men's golf team, led by junior Anthony Paolucci, finished the 36-hole first day of the William H. Tucker Invitational at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in a tie for fourth on Friday (Sept. 27).

    USC combined for a two-round 17-over 593 (291-302), 22 back of first place Arizona State (571). New Mexico is in second at 6-over 582 while BYU is third at 15-over 591 and UNLV is tied with the Trojans in fourth.

    Paolucci put together a pair of 1-over 73s for a two-round 2-over 146, good for a tie for 11th. Paolucci played steady the entire day. He was 2-over on his front 9 and 1-under on the back in his first round and was 1-under on his front in the second round, 2-over coming home.

    Junior transfer Paul Smith (72-76), USC's top finisher in its recent season opener, and senior Jeffrey Kang (74-74), making his season-debut, are tied for 17th at 4-over 148. Smith mixed three birdies and bogeys for an ever first round while Kang was 1-over on all four of his nines Friday.

    Freshman Rico Hoey is tied for 50th at 10-over 154 (72-82) while senior Ramsey Sahyoun is tied for 61st at 12-over 156 (72-82). Hoey's day was highlighted by an eagle on 15 and a birdie on 18 to close out a 2-under back 9 in the first round. Action concludes with 18 holes Saturday beginning at 7:45 a.m.