USC Finishes 30th At NCAA Championships
May 26, 2014
Freshman Rico Hoey finished off a 1-under 69 to pace No. 22 USC as its run in the 2014 NCAA Championships came to an end during the final round of stroke play on Monday (May 26) at the Prairie Dunes C.C. in Hutchinson, Kan.
The Trojans finished 30th at 49-over 889 (296-298-295), unable to generate the necessary momentum during the weather-plagued three rounds to make a push into the top 8 and earn a place in the match-play tournament to decide the national champion.
USC, one of only six teams to qualify for the NCAA finals each of the past six years since the current six-region format began, was led by Hoey, who tied for 55th at 4-over 214 (68-77-69) and upped his team-best total of rounds in the 60s to 16.
His final round, which began on the 6th hole in the final-round shotgun start on Sunday, included four birdies against three bogeys, including a birdie on 4 to secure a 1-under 69 to close the season.
Junior Eric Sugimoto finished at 12-over 212 (76-73-73) while junior Anthony Paolucci finished at 17-over 227 (76-74-77). Junior Paul Smith ended the year at 19-over 229 (76-74-79) while senior Jeffrey Kang wrapped up the season at 23-over 233 (77-80-76).