No. 14 USC Men's Golf Third After NCAA Regional Second Round|
May 15, 2015
Sophomore Rico Hoey fired his second straight 69 to get to 6-under for the tournament and lead the No. 14 USC men's golf team to third place during the second round of the NCAA Regional at the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash., Friday (May 15).
USC, which needs a top 5 finish to advance to its ninth straight NCAA Championships final, sits at a 36-hole combined 7-under 569 (281-288), five back of first-place TCU (564). The Horned Frogs are one ahead of second-place UAB (656) while the region's top seed, South Carolina, is fourth at 571. Baylor is fifth (573) with Iowa State sixth (574) and host Washington is seventh at 577.
Overall, six 54-hole regional tournaments are conducted. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at three regionals while the other three regionals features 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
Hoey turned in his team-high-tying 18th round under 70 thanks to a four-birdie day. He was 1-under on the front and 2-under on the back, which included a birdie on 18.
Freshman Sean Crocker, who closed his first round with six straight birdies, was not quite as hot today and was 1-over going out. He was 3-over for the round after a double bogey on 14 before a birdie on16. He then hit his driver on the par 4 18th to within eight feet of the pin and sank the eagle putt to get to even for the round.
Freshman Jonah Texeira is tied for 26th at 1-over 145 (71-74) after his 2-over second round. He was 4-over going out but came home at 2-under.
Senior Eric Sugimoto, who missed the University graduation ceremony today due to the NCAA Regional, is tied for 36th at 4-over 148 (75-73). He was also 4-over going out but was 3-under with three birdies on the back 9.
Junior Bobby Gojuangco is tied for 71st at 12-over 156 (78-78).
Action finishes Saturday morning.