No. 4 USC Tied For 2nd After Pac-12 Preview First Day|
Oct. 8, 2012
Freshman Yi Keun Chang finished a darkness-shortened two rounds of golf - his first two as a Trojan -- at 8-under while sophomore Anthony Paolucci sank a hole-in-one to lead the No. 4 USC men's golf team into a tie for second place after the first day of the 2012 Pac-12 Preview at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow course in North Plains, Ore., on Monday (Oct. 8).
USC, one of 10 teams that did not complete all 36 rounds, stood with Washington at 16-under, two back of first-place California (-18). Chang and junior Ramsey Sahyoun (-4) were the only two Trojans to finish both rounds. Junior Jeffrey Kang (-3) and senior Sam Smith (+5) each have one hole remaining while Paolucci (E) has two left.
All players with remaining holes will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 9) and the final round will begin at 8:23 a.m.
Chang finished at 136 (69-67) and his 8-under leaves him one stroke out of first. His first round included five birdies and two bogeys while his second featured four birdies and an eagle on the par 5 14th hole with just one bogey. The eagle was one of five for USC Monday.
Sahyoun knocked in eagles in both of his rounds to help ink in a 4-under 140 (72-68). He had four birdies and an eagle on 14 in the first round en route to par and then sunk five birdies and an eagle on the par 5 4th hole during what was one of his best rounds as a Trojan.
Kang is tied for 14th at 3-under with a 2-under 70 in the first round. He had three birdies and a par in the first round and eagled 14 in the second round to go with two birdies.
Paolucci opened even after a 72 first-round and remains there with two holes left in his second round. He aced the 175-yard par 3 15th hole in the first round to go with a pair of birdies on his way to a par round. He mixed three birdies and three bogeys after 16 holes of his second round.
Smith rounded out USC's efforts tied for 40th at 5-over. He carded a 6-over 78 first round but is 1-under in the second round thanks to five birdies, still with a hole to go.