Freshman Justin Suh fires a 2-under 68 to lead strong opening effort.
Four-day stroke play kicks off Friday at Eugene (Ore.) C.C.
Trojans looking for 10th straight trip to NCAA final and repeat trip to national final match.
Fourth top regional seed for Trojans since 2008.
Crocker, Texeira second team, Levitt honorable mention, Suh All-Freshman
THIS SEASON: Rico Hoey, a 2016 junior, is a two-time GCAA All-American and All-Pac-12 first team performer who will again be integral in the Trojans' regular and post-season efforts this season.
2015: Hoey, as a 2015 sophomore, earned GCAA PING All-American honorable mention, GCAA All West Region and All-Pac-12 first team honors ... He was second on the team with a 70.86 stroke average, 18 rounds in the 60s and six top 5 finishes, led by a second place at the Bill Cullum Invitational at 12-under 204 (65-67-72), a tie for second at the Western Refining College All-America at 7-under 206 (69-66-71) and a third at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at 5-under 205 (66-65-74). He tied for fourth at the NCAA Bremerton Regional at 8-under 208 (69-69-70), tied for fifth at the Amer Ari Invitational at 12-under 204 (66-66-72) and was fourth at the Jones Invitational at 3-under 213 (70-72-71) ... He tied for 43rd at the NCAA Championships, providing two counter rounds to help USC qualify for the match play playoff. He won his quarterfinal match, 2&1, over Texas' Doug Gihm and defeated Illinois' Charlie Danielson, 2&1, in the semifinals. He dropped his match in the NCAA final to LSU's Brandon Pierce, 2&1 ... He carded a 74 as one of 14 collegiate players that competed in the inaugural Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase on Feb. 16 at the Riviera C.C. He tied for sixth in the 14-player field ... Hoey just missed a spot in the U.S. Amateur match play field, falling in the third hole of a multi-player playoff ... He tied for 22nd at the Players Amateur.
2014: 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 GCAA All-American third team, All-West Region and All-Pac-12 first team honors while being tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. 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 5 ... He led USC in the fall with a 70.91 stroke average in four tournaments, scoring his first collegiate win in the final fall event with an 8-under 202 (68-66-68) at the Gifford Collegiate and becoming the first Trojan to post three consecutive sub-70 rounds since 2012. Hoey, who at one point had four straight top 5 results this year as well as a streak of seven consecutive rounds in the 60s, had back-to-back second-places at The Goodwin at 8-under 202 (66-69-67) and at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic at 9-under 207 (71-69-67). He also tied for third at the Western Intercollegiate at 4-under 206 (68-68-70), tied for fourth at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at 4-under 212 (70-71-71), took fifth at the Jones Invitational at 5-over 221 (74-73-74), tied for sixth at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional at 4-over 220 (75-70-75) and tied for seventh at the Amer Ari Invitational at 11-under 205 (65-69-71). He was in the top 10 mix in his collegiate debut at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, but was disqualified after signing for an incorrect scorecard.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hoey attended Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High, where he concluded his career as a standout prep and junior player by capturing the 2013 CIF Southern Section Boys' Golf individual title with a 3-under 69 to go with four league titles ... In his final action before enrolling at USC, Hoey advanced to the match-play portion of the 2013 U.S. Amateur by tying for 20th in stroke play at 141 (73-68). He lost in the first round of match play ... Also in 2013, he tied for seventh in the Junior America's Cup and took fourth at the Callaway Junior World Championship ... Hoey won the 2012 Callaway Junior World Championship and the 2012 Junior America's Cup and finished seventh at the 2012 California State Open. He was ranked the No. 14 overall recruit in the class of 2012.
PERSONAL: Hoey was born Sept. 19, 1995 and he is a history major.
CAREER NOTES (As of June, 2015)
Lowest 54-Hole Score: 8-under 202 (2013 Gifford Collegiate, 2014 The Goodwin)