Rico Hoey Earns Golfweek All-American First Team Honors|
June 14, 2017
Senior Rico Hoey, who led USC in stroke average, top 10 finishes and rounds in the 60s, earned 2017 Golfweek All-American first team honors while junior Sean Crocker garnered second team notice and sophomore Justin Suh nabbed third-team status.
All three players also claimed 2017 Division I PING All-West Region honors this year and were all named to the 2017 All-Pac-12 first team as they led a Trojan team that won five times this past season and was ranked No. 1 for much of the season.
Hoey earned his first All-American first team award thanks to a fantastic final season at Troy that saw him finish with a career-best 70.82 stroke average over 39 rounds, including 15 in the 60s, while posting eight top 10 finishes, seven of which were in the top 6 with one win and one tie for first.
Hoey, whose stroke average was USC’s third-lowest at least since 1993, became USC's second four-time All-Pac-12 first teamer this year and his tie for sixth in the NCAA Championships stroke play made him the first Trojan with back-to-back top 10 NCAA finishes in more than 30 years. He finished his career with 63 rounds in the 60s.
He joined Crocker in leading USC to the NCAA Championships match play bracket each of the past three seasons. The Trojans were runners up in 2015, semifinalists in 2016 and lost in the quarterfinals this season.
Crocker earns his second All-American honor after finishing second on the Trojans with a 71.14 stroke average, 12 rounds in the 60s, seven top 10 finishes and 10 in the top 16. Crocker, who is turning pro, also just finished a stint on the U.S. Arnold Palmer Cup team, helping America to a dominating win.
Suh, a GCAA All-American honorable mention as a freshman, earned Golfweek third team honors after finishing with a 71.17 stroke average, 14 rounds in the 60s and six top 10s, including one win.