Whitney Pitalo was also named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week
The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year halved his final match at the Palmer Cup
THIS SEASON: Rico Hoey, a 2015 sophomore, is USC's top returning golfer and figures to provide top-end scoring for the Trojans all season.
2014: Rico 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.