No. 5 USC Opens 2015-16 Season At Husky Invitational|
Sept. 18, 2015
The No. 5 USC men's golf team, led by All-American duo junior Rico Hoey and sophomore Sean Crocker, will kick off the 2015-16 season at the Husky Invitational, Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 21-22), in Suncadia, Wash.
The Trojans, under 10th-year coach Chris Zambri, return to action for the first time since their program-best finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships when USC reached the match play final before falling to LSU.
USC returns four of its five starters from its postseason run, including Hoey, Crocker, senior Bobby Gojuangco and sophomore Jonah Texeira. Other returning golfers include senior Andrew Levitt and juniors Danny Ochoa and David Kim. Kim was a 2015 spring semester transfer in January but redshirted last season.
"We are all pumped to get going," Zambri said. "We are playing well and from what I have heard, we are in for a great test at Tumble Creek."
Hoey, Suh, Crocker, Levitt and Texeira will comprise the Trojans' starting five while Gojuangco and Slater will play as individuals.
Results for the 14-team field will be available at Birdiefire.com. In addition to USC and host Washington, the field includes Boise State, BYU, Gonzaga, Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, Oregon State, Sacramento State, Seattle University, UC Davis, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
Crocker, a 2015 GCAA All-American third-teamer, is coming off one of the top seasons ever by a Trojan freshman in 2015 when he led the team in stroke average (70.39), rounds in the 60s (19) and top 10 finishes (eight). Crocker's 19 rounds under 70 were the most by a Trojan since Jamie Lovemark had 20 as a 2007 freshman.
Hoey, a 2015 GCAA All-American honorable mention pick, was second on the team with a 70.86 stroke average, 18 rounds in the 60s and six top 5 finishes.
Both were also All Pac-12 first team picks while Crocker, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, joined Texeira on the All-Pac-12 freshman team.
USC's run to the 2015 NCAA Championship match play final began with a fifth-place finish after four rounds of stroke play, earning a match play spot for the first time since 2009. The Trojans then defeated Texas, 4-1, in the NCAA quarterfinals and dispatched of Illinois, 3.5-1.5, in the semifinals. USC faced LSU in the final and fell 4-1, with three of the five matches decided with just one hole to play.