Smith 65 Leads No. 8 USC To Lead At North Ranch Intercollegiate|
Feb. 25, 2013
Senior Sam Smith fired a career-best 65 and rallied late for a par second round while freshman Yi Keun Chang was under par for both rounds, the pair topping the leader board and pacing the No. 8 USC men's golf team to first place after a 36-hole opening day of the North Ranch Intercollegiate on Monday (Feb. 25) at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif.
The Trojans combined to finish the first day at 4-under 564 (285-279), 10 strokes better than second-place Pepperdine (292-282) and BYU (283-291), who are tied at 6-over 574. USC and Pepperdine are co-hosting the event.
Smith leads the event at 6-under 136, eyeing his first career collegiate title as a Trojan. He began play on the 13th hole in the shotgun start and had a near flawless morning with six birdies and an eagle on the first round's final hole, the par 5 12th. His only bogeys in the round -- on 5 and 10 -- bookended a string of four birdies.
He got off to a slower start during the second round and was 3-over through 13 holes, but birdied three of his final five holes to get back to par.
Smith's 65 was his best effort as a Trojan, topping his first round 66 at the Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa (Hi.) C.C. in 2010. His previous best this year was a 67 at the Gifford Collegiate CordeValle in the fall semester.
Chang claimed second place at 4-under 138 (70-68). He double bogeyed his second hole of the day (12) and bogeyed 15 for an early 3-over start, but he rallied with six birdies against two more bogeys for a 1-under first round. He had six more birdies in the second round - including four in a row between 7 and 10 -- to end his day and help the Trojans claim first place.
Junior Jeffrey Kang rallied from a tough first round and is tied for 13th at 3-over 145 (76-69). He had four first-round birdies to offset a bit of his troubles, but steadied himself during the second round with four birdies against just two bogeys.
Sophomore Anthony Paolucci, who has led USC in its past three events, is tied for 23rd at 5-over 147 (74-73). After a birdie to open play in the first round, he was six over for the next five holes, but he finished the final 12 holes at 2-under. An eagle on 12 helped kick-start his second round, which saw him go 2-over.
Junior Ramsey Sahyoun is tied for 36th At 9-over 151 (80-71). He eagled 12 to open the morning but was 11-over the rest of the round. He began the second round the same way and finished the final 18 holes at par.
Action concludes Tuesday with tee times off 1 and 10 starting at 7:30 a.m.