Trojans Win Bill Cullum Invitational By 11 Strokes|
Oct. 21, 2014
Sophomore Rico Hoey and freshman Jonah Texeira finished second and third, respectively, while freshman Sean Crocker and senior Paul Smith each closed with 5-under final rounds as the USC men's golf team won the Bill Cullum Invitational by 11 strokes on Tuesday (Oct. 21) at the Wood Ranch G.C. in Simi Valley, Calif.
The Trojans won at 31-under 833 (275-280-278), 11 better than second-place Arizona State and 28 better than third-place Washington State. It is USC's second first-place finish, though it fell in a playoff in the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate.
"It's critical to have incoming players making an impact," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "Jonah was awesome this week. Rico did a great job as well. I'm happy for all us. We've been working hard."
Hoey finished second at 12-under 204 (65-67-72) while Texeira was third at 11-under 205 (67-66-72). It was Hoey's second top 3 finish and Texeira's second top 10. Hoey carded a pair of birdies and an eagle on the par 5 18th hole while Texeira had four birdies in the final round.
Smith (78-71-67) and Crocker (73-76-67) tied for 21st at even 216. Smith, starting on the fifth hole in the shotgun start final round, eagled the par 3 6th and the par 4 8th holes and also sunk four consecutive birdie putts between 13 and 16 en route to his 5-under round. Crocker began final-round play on 4 with a birdie, the first of six against one bogey for his team-best sixth round in the 60s this season.
Sophomore Danny Ochoa tied for 49th at 5-over 221 (70-76-75).
Junior Bobby Gojuangco, playing individually, tied for seventh at 5-under 211 (68-71-72) for his second top 10 this season.
USC finishes the fall schedule at the Gifford Collegiate Championship, Nov. 5-7, at the CordeValle G.C. in San Martin, Calif.