USC Notches 1st Season Win With 7-Stroke Victory At San Diego Classic
March 11, 2014
Led by freshman Rico Hoey's final-round 67 as well as sub-par rounds from senior Jeffrey Kang and junior Eric Sugimoto, the No. 23 USC men's golf team secured its first win of the season, a seven-stroke victory at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic at the San Diego C.C. in Chula Vista, Calif.
USC finished at a combined 12-under 852 (286-286-280), seven better than co-host San Diego State and 10 ahead of third-place Wake Forest. The Trojans closed with a flourish, combining for 6-under on the final four holes.
The win is USC's first since back-to-back victories last year at the Prestige at PGA West and at the North Ranch Intercollegiate.
Hoey notched his fifth top 7 finish this year with a second-place 9-under 207 (71-69-67), giving him a team-best nine rounds in the 60s this year. His final round included eight birdies, five on the back 9.
Sugimoto, a spring semester transfer, recorded his best finish as a Trojan with a 2-under 214 (70-74-70) to tie for sixth while Kang notched his sixth top 12 this year with a 1-under 215 (71-73-71). Sugimoto had four birdies against two bogeys today while Kang and four birdies and three bogeys.
Junior Anthony Paolucci tied for 11th at par 216 (74-70-72) for his sixth top 12 as well while junior Paul Smith tied for 25th at 6-over 222 (74-76-72). Paolucci rallied from a 2-over front to go 2-under on the back while Smith was 1-under going out, 1-over coming home.
Freshman Khaled Attieh played as an individual entry and tied for 52nd at 15-over 231 (79-77-75).