Trojans Solidly Second After Weather-Shortened NCAA Championships Third Round|
May 31, 2015
In a lightning-shortened third round, senior Eric Sugimoto's 1-under through 17 holes and freshman Sean Crocker's 1-over through 14 led the USC men's golf team, solidly in second and all but clinching a spot in the 15-team final-round field on Sunday (May 31) at the 2015 NCAA Championships at the Concession G.C. in Bradenton, Fla.
The Trojans, who began the third round Sunday afternoon in first, had combined for a 6-over when play was halted, the fivesome between the 15th and 18th holes. USC is 4-over overall, three back of first-place Georgia and three better than Illinois and LSU, tied for third. UCLA and Georgia are currently tied for eighth at 14-over, both having completed the third round.
Following the completion of the third round, which resumes at 4 a.m. PT, the field will be reduced in half and a final 18 holes will be played, beginning no earlier than 7 a.m. PT. The individual winner will be decided after the final round and the top eight teams will advance into an eight-team bracket Tuesday and Wednesday (June 2-3) to determine the national champion. USC has never won an NCAA team title in men's golf.
Sugimoto bounced back from his 6-over second round with a great showing Sunday. He was 1-over going out with a birdie on 6 and moved to 2-over after a bogey on 11. But he birdied 12, 15 and 16 to get to 1-under and will finish on the 18th green Monday morning. He is tied for 52nd at 6-over.
Crocker remained in the top 10, tied for seventh at 2-under after 14 holes. He was even going out with a birdie on 4. He went to 1-under with a birdie on 13 before a double bogey on 14 to close his action.
Sophomore Rico Hoey is tied for 17th at 1-over. He was even going out with birdies on 3 and 6 and was 1-over through 13. Bogeys on 14 and 15 ended his round as he finished the day at 3-over.
Freshman Jonah Texeira is tied for 36th at 4-over and was also 3-over today with two holes remaining. He was 3-over going out and even through seven holes on the back. Junior Bobby Gojuangco is tied for 44th at 5-over. He was 1-over going out and 2-over on the back with birdies on 3 and 12 and has to finish on 17 and, like Texeira, has to finish on 17 and 18.
USC has made the match play portion of the NCAA Championships only once since it was re-instituted in 2009, doing so that year when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.