USC Leads Bill Cullum Invitational After First Day

    Oct. 20, 2014


    Sophomore Rico Hoey and freshman Jonah Texeira fired a first-round 65 and 67, respectively, and continued their torrid pace into the second round, finishing 1-2 and leading the USC men's golf team into first place as second-round play was suspended due to darkness before 36 holes was completed Monday at the Bill Cullum Invitational at the Wood Ranch G.C. in Simi Valley, Calif.

    The Trojans led the field by three after a 13-under 275 first round and extended the lead to five strokes after going 6-under through 14 holes of the second round. Arizona State is second at 14-under while UC Irvine is third at 8-under.

    Hoey, after his first win of the 2014-15 season, carded a 7-under first round thanks to five birdies and a pair of eagles against two bogeys. He had six more birdies and two bogeys with four holes to go when play stopped in the second round.

    Texeira, meanwhile, was keeping pace with Hoey. He had seven birdies and two bogeys during his 5-under first round and has six birdies in the second round - including four in a row at one point -- offset only by a double bogey on 15.

    Sophomore Danny Ochoa, 2-under in the first round, is tied for 56th at 3-over, freshman Sean Crocker is tied for 63rd at 4-over and senior Paul Smith is tied for 73rd at 5-over.

    Junior Bobby Gojuangco, playing individually, is tied for 15th at 2-under, which included a 4-under 68.

    Teams will complete the second round before final round play begins Tuesday, set to start at 7 a.m.