Top-Ranked USC Takes Over NCAA Washington Regional Lead|
May 16, 2017
Sophomore Justin Suh fired his second straight 68 while senior Rico Hoey was also under par as the No. 1 USC men’s golf team finished a rain-delayed second round of the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional in first place at the Aldarra G.C. in Sammamish, Wash., on Tuesday (May 16). The Trojans, top seeded and seeking their 11th straight trip the NCAA final field, moved from second to first after a 1-under second round and now lead at a combined for a 5-under 563 (280-283) after 36 holes with Florida State second at 2-under 566 (278-288).
Kent State is third at 1-over 569 (287-282) with Penn State fourth at 10-over 578 (290-288) and Alabama fifth at 12-over 580 (283-297). Host Washington is sixth at 13-over 581, Texas A&M seventh at 15-over 583 and San Diego State eighth at 16-over 584 as teams jockey for a top 5 finish.
USC currently shares with Texas the nation’s longest active streak of NCAA final appearances at 10. The Longhorns, like USC, are leading their Regional.
Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams are competing at each of three regionals while the three other regionals feature 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, May 26-31 at Rich Harvest G.C. in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Suh, who got his first career win in April at the Western Intercollegiate, leads at 6-under 136 (68-68). He turned at 4-under and came back at 1-over, including a birdie on 18.
Suh took the lead from junior teammate Sean Crocker who sits in a tie for second at 4-under 168 (64-74). Hoey meanwhile notched his second straight 70 to move within striking distance in fifth at 2-under 140 (70-70). Suh now shares the lead with rounds in the 60s this year with Hoey at 13.
Junior Jonah Texeira opened with four straight birdies and a fifth on 10 moved him to 5-under before he finished the last eight holes at 6-over. Still, he moved up to a tie for 43rd at 8-over 150 (78-72). Freshman Cheng Jin is tied for 49th at 9-over 151 (78-73).
Final action is set for Wednesday.