Six Trojans Set For 2016 U.S. Amateur|
Aug. 11, 2016
Six USC golfers, including five that will be on the 2016-17 squad, will tee off next week in the U.S. Amateur Championship, running Monday through Sunday (Aug. 15-21) at the Oakland Hills C.C. in Bloomfield Township, Mich.
The current crop of Trojans playing next week include senior Rico Hoey, juniors Sean Crocker and Jonah Texeira and sophomore Justin Suh. Incoming freshman Cheng Jin is also in the draw, as are former Trojans Taylor Wood (a two-time All-American) and Stewart Hagestad.
It was Crocker, a year ago, who made a run at the U.S. Am title, reaching the semifinals before falling to eventual winner Bryson DeChambeau.
The field, 312 golfers strong, will play 36 holes Monday and Tuesday and the low 64 will advance to the single-elimination match play tournament beginning Wednesday. The two finalists meet in a 36-hole final.
Fox Sports 1 will air coverage beginning at 12 p.m. (PT) Wednesday through Friday while FOX will televise action on Saturday and Sunday, also starting at noon. The USGA web site will stream coverage from 8-10 a.m. (PT) Thursday and Sunday.
Hoey, Crocker, Texeira and Suh all return from a Trojan team that reached the NCAA Championships semifinals last season after finishing as NCAA runners-up the year before.
Hoey, who won the 117th SCGA Amateur title in July, finished second at the 2016 NCAAs at 3-under 277 en route to PING All-American second team honors. He led the Trojans with a career-best 70.85 stroke average and also topped the team with 14 rounds in the 60s and nine top 10s. Hoey represented the U.S. at the Arnold Palmer Cup in June.
Crocker, an All-Pac-12 second teamer, was second on the Trojans in stroke average (72.27) and had five top 10 finishes and seven in the top 20. Earlier this summer, Crocker won the Monroe Invitational Championship, posting a four-stroke victory.
Suh was a PING All-American honorable mention pick last season and played as an amateur in the U.S. Open this summer. He was third on the team with a stroke average of 72.57, had eight rounds in the 60s and two top 10s, including a tie for 10th at the NCAA Championships at 3-over 283 (68-67-75-73).
Texeira finished second on the team with 10 rounds in the 60s as a sophomore and finished fourth in stroke average at 72.78. He registered five top 8 outings on the season.
Added to the mix this season is Jin, from China, who is one of the top amateurs in the world. He played in The Master's in May and won the Players Amateur title in July to earn an exemption into the PGA's RBC Heritage next spring.