USC Set For Gifford Collegiate Championship|
Oct. 31, 2013
The USC men's golf team, ranked No. 30 and which has advanced to the NCAA Championships final in each of the past seven years, concludes its 2013 fall slate at the Gifford Collegiate Championship on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 4-5) at the Pelican Hill G.C. in Newport Beach.
In addition to host UCLA and USC, the tough 10-team field includes Alabama, Coastal Carolina, Lamar, Northwestern, Oregon, SMU, Tennessee and Washington.
Joining the Trojans are a host of newcomers including junior Paul Smith, the younger brother of the recently graduated All-American Sam Smith, sophomore reserve Andrew Levitt, sophomore transfer Bobby Gojuangco and freshmen Rico Hoey, Danny Ochoa and Khaled Attieh.
Results will be available at Golfstat.com.
In USC's season-opening event, the Trojans, featuring a lineup that included four newcomers, tied for seventh at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. Smith, the junior transfer, led USC with a tie for seventh at 2-under 214 (72-73-69). Hoey had put together a great first tournament at 4-under 212 (73-68-71), but a scorecard error on a 5-over final hole disqualified his round.
Kang, making his season debut, and Paolucci tied for 12th to lead then-No. 23 USC men's golf team to a season-best third place at the William H. Tucker Invitational at the University of New Mexico Championship Course on Sept. 28. The Trojans, who registered the second-lowest final round, finished at 23-over 887 (291-302-294), 24 back of host and winner New Mexico (863) and six behind second place Arizona State (881). Kang (74-74-73) and Paolucci (73-73-75) tied for 12th at 5-over 221.
Hoey posted a collegiate best tie for fourth while Paolucci tied for 23rd to lead USC at the U.S. Collegiate Championship, where USC finished ninth. The Trojans finished at 5-over 869 (290-289-290), remaining in ninth for the third day in a row in a tough 15-team field. No. 5 Oklahoma State claimed the top spot while host No. 2 Georgia Tech finished second. Hoey tied for fourth at 4-under 212 (70-71-71). He opened his final round with an eagle on the par 5 1st hole, bogeyed 3 and 5 and finished the front 9 with birdies on 6, 7 and 9. He cooled off with a 2-over back 9 but still finished under par for the third day in a row.