No. 23 USC Ties For Second At The Goodwin|
March 30, 2014
Freshman Rico Hoey finished second while junior Anthony Paolucci tied for seventh, the duo helping No. 23 USC climb into a tie for 2nd on the final day of The Goodwin at the Stanford G.C. on Sunday (March 30).
The Trojans tied for second at 5-under 835 (278-285-272) along with UCLA while host Stanford ran away with the title at 25-under 815. The finish was USC's third straight top 2 finish.
Hoey and Paolucci, like the team, have been on a role. Hoey took second at 8-under 202 (66-69-67) for his second straight top 2 finish and sixth in the top 7 while extending his sub-70 streak to five rounds. He was 2-under going out today and 1-under coming home during his five-birdie round.
Paolucci, with three straight top 11 results and six in the top 12 this year, tied for seventh at 3-under 207 (70-68-69). He was 2-under through 11, bogeyed 11 and 12, and birdied 16 to finish under par for the day.
Junior Paul Smith registered a season-best today with a 4-under 66 to move up to a tie for 16th at even 210 (71-73-66) for his fourth top 20 finish this year. He opened 3-under through 11 before a bogey on 12. He then birdied three of the next four holes before a bogey on 18 kept him from a 65.
USC has just one more regular season event - the Western Intercollegiate Golf Tournament on April 12-13 at the Pasa Tiempo C.C. in Santa Cruz., Calif. - before the postseason starts with the Pac-12 Championships, April 25-27.
"We need everyone playing great if we are going to make a run at a Pac-12 title and a national title," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "Paul Smith stepped up today with a 66 as our five-man. That's the kind of stuff that's exciting."