Kang Wins, USC Second At Amer Ari In Hawaii
Feb. 3, 2012
Results at Golfstat.com.
Sophomore Jeffrey Kang won a one-hole playoff to claim his first collegiate title and helped lead the No. 11 USC men's golf team to second-place on the final day of the 22nd annual Amer Ari at Waikoloa (Hi.) Beach Resort on Friday (Feb. 3).
USC, which won its final fall event at the Gifford Collegiate Championship, began the day in third place, four strokes back of Texas. The Trojans maintained striking distance with Texas throughout the final round but couldn't catch the Longhorns, who won at 30-under 834. USC took second at 25-under 839 (276-285-278) while Stanford was third at 20-under 844.
Kang finished at 11-under 205 (67-69-69), tied with Texas's Jordan Spieth. On the first playoff hole, Kang carded a par for the title. His final round featured four birdies with only a bogey on 16. His win marked his second straight top 6 finish and the fifth top 6 result of his career.
It also give USC two individual titles in a row. Senior Steve Lim won the Gifford Collegiate Championship in the Trojans' last outing in the fall.
Freshman Anthony Paolucci registered his first top 10 finish with a tie for ninth at 6-under 210 (69-70-71). He was even going out today and 1-under going in, including a birdie on 18. In fact, every Trojan birdied 18 Friday.
Sophomore Ramsey Sahyoun tied for 20th at 4-under 216 (69-72-71) while Lim tied for 23rd at 3-under 213 (71-75-67). Sahyoun put together four birdies against three bogeys while Lim had a five-birdie day to give him his fourth round of 67 or better this season. Junior Martin Trainer tied for 49th at 2-over 218 (71-74-73).
Junior Sam Smith, playing individually, tied for 23rd at 3-under 213 (68-70-75). It's his second top 23 finish this season.