Trojans Remain In The Hunt At Amer Ari Invitational|
Feb. 7, 2014
Results available at Golfstat.com
Senior Jeffrey Kang, freshman Rico Hoey and junior Anthony Paolucci backed up their strong opening rounds with a 67, 69 and 67, respectively, as the No. 24 men's golf team continued to battle near the top of the leader board after 36 holes of the 24th annual Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa (Hawaii) G.C., on Friday (Feb. 7).
USC, which won the event in 2009, is a combined 23-under 553 (273-280), tied for fourth with Auburn, five back of first place Oklahoma State (548) and three behind second-place Oregon (550).
Kang moved into a three-way tie for second at 11-under 133 (66-67), one back of Stanford's Cameron Wilson. He had seven birdies against just a double bogey on 2. Kang's two rounds in the 60s are his first two this year and it's the first time he's had back-to-back rounds in the 60s since the 2012 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional.
Hoey is tied for fifth at 10-under 134 (65-69). Starting on the fourth hole, he opened with two birdies and then two bogeys before seven straight pairs. He then birdied 15, 17 and 18 to get to 3-under for the round.
Paolucci, who has two straight top 5 finishes, is tied for seventh at 9-under 135 (68-67). He opened at par through his first nine holes, but birdied five of his remaining nine holes to stay in the thick of things. Paolucci now has six rounds in the 60s in his last eight collegiate starts.
Junior Eric Sugimoto, playing individually, is tied for 32nd at 4-under 140 (70-70).
Action concludes Saturday at 7:30 a.m. HT.