Hoey, Paolucci Earn GCAA All-American Honors

    June 19, 2014

    USC freshman Rico Hoey earned PING All-American third team honors while junior Anthony Paolucci was tabbed an honorable mention pick, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced today.

    Hoey put together one of the top seasons in Trojan golf history as a 2014 freshman, leading USC in stroke average (71.36), top 10 finishes (eight), rounds in the 60s (16), birdies (165) and eagles (eight) en route to 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, All-Pac-12 first team and GCAA All-West Region honors. A 2014 Palmer Cup pick, Hoey's 16 rounds in the 60s and his 26 rounds of par or better were the most since Jamie Lovemark's 20 and 27, respectively, during his 2007 freshman season. Hoey's eight top 10s were actually all top 7 or better, including six in the top.

    Paolucci earned GCAA All-West Region and All-Pac-12 second team honors as a 2014 junior. He was second on the team with a 71.88 stroke average and rounds in the 60s (10) and had six top 10 finishes on the year with eight in the top 12. He finished second at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional and posted his first collegiate win at the Jones Invitational. He was a 2014 Palmer Cup team finalist.