Hoey Wraps Play at 2014 Palmer Cup

    USC men's golf freshman Rico Hoey

    July 1, 2014

    WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, England - USC freshman Rico Hoey and Europe’s Pep Angles halved the final match of The Palmer Cup on Saturday (June 28) resulting in a European victory over the U.S., 18.5-11.5, at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton-On-The-Hill, England.

    After Angles took an early lead on the third hole, Hoey trailed behind for 10 of the next 12 holes. At No. 14, Hoey stole the lead with a birdie-birdie-par stretch. Angles won the 17th hole to make square the match, before the two halved the final hole.

    The previous day, Hoey halved Europe’s Jack McDonald on the final match of the third round singles, leaving Europe and the United States tied at 10, heading into the final round for the first time since 2005.

    Hoey and Europe’s Ricardo Gouveia were awarded the Michael Carter Memorial Award which is presented to a Palmer Cup participant that best represents sportsmanship, integrity, and upholding of the game.

    Hoey was one of 10 collegiate golf players chosen to represent the United States at the Palmer Cup, an international collegiate event between the U.S. and a European hybrid team from Great Britain and Ireland.

    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.