No. 4 USC Wins Third Title Of Season At Jones Invitational|
Feb. 24, 2015
Freshman Sean Crocker fired a final-round 66 to earn a share of the individual title and lead the No. 4 USC men's golf team to its third win of the year, a 16-stroke victory at the Jones Invitational at the Valencia (Calif.) C.C. on Tuesday (Feb 24).
The Trojans combined for a 54-hole 14-under 850 (277-288-285) to claim their third win of the season as four players finished in the top 11 to help USC distance itself from the field. Kennesaw State was second at 2-over 866 with Northwestern third at 6-over 870.
Crocker tied for first at 8-under 208 (69-73-66), using a 6-under final round to grab a share of first and force a playoff with Winthrop's Zach Seabolt. After the two holed pars on the first playoff hole, Seabolt made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 2nd hole for the win.
Crocker's final round featured six birdies, five during a 5-under back 9 that included birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to catch Seabolt. Crocker, who now has four top 4 finishes this season, has a team-best 14 rounds in the 60s in 24 outings, including six in nine spring rounds.
"I'm really happy for our team and our program," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "We have big goals this year and in order to achieve them we have to win. We have to know what it feels like to win and we have to have the skill to win. This event was great for us in that sense. Sean Crocker has had an incredible freshman year so far and I expect bigger and better things as we go forward."
Sophomore Rico Hoey also turned in a strong tournament and took fourth at 3-under 213 (70-72-71) for his fifth top 5 this year. He had four birdies on the day.
Freshman Jonah Texeira tied for sixth at 1-under 215 (70-70-75) for his third top 10 this season and had two birdies today. Junior Bobby Gojuangco tied for 11th at par 216 (68-75-73) for his fourth top 11 this season. He had four birdies Tuesday.