USC Finishes Stroke Out At Golf Club Of Georgia Collegiate|
Oct. 23, 2016
A day after Andrew Levitt’s 66, fellow senior Rico Hoey turned in his own 6-under round while junior Sean Crocker came in with a 69 as the Trojans made a run at its first title this season before finishing a stroke out on the final day of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga., on Sunday (Oct. 23).
USC responded to its 11-over first round with back-to-back 9-under efforts to finish with a 54-hole 7-under 857 (299-279-279), one back of co-winners Virginia and Texas. USC, which briefly moved into first midway through the back 9, tied for third with Stanford while Texas A&M was fifth at 6-under and second-round leader Oklahoma finished sixth at 5-under.
The finish is USC’s first in the top 3 after a tie for eighth to open the season at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invite and a tie for sixth at the Nike Golf Collegiate.
“The past couple of days was a big step for us,” said Hoey, who helped lead the Trojans to back-to-back NCAA semifinal appearances the last two years. “We built off a lot of momentum from yesterday and we knew if we posted up a number today we would have a shot. But overall we are heading in the right direction and we are ready for Cypress Point.”
Hoey (76-60-66) and Levitt (74-66-72) finished tied for ninth at 4-under 212, each producing their first top 10 finishes of the season. Hoey was on fire for most of the round, turning at 3-under and getting to 7-under after three straight birdies between 13 and 15. Only a bogey on 17 slowed his round. Levitt got to 6-under overall after an eagle on 9 before bogeys on 14 and 18 left him tied with Hoey.
“We haven't played up to expectations this season thus far and for us to feel a little pressure and thrive the last couple days was huge for us,” Levitt said. “We needed something to build off and we did that. We are all excited to compete next week at Cypress Point.”
Crocker, who entered this weekend with USC’s lone top 10 finishes in Troy’s first two events, made a run for another top 10 before settling for a tie for 16th at 1-under 215 (74-72-69) after his team-best fifth round in the 60s in nine chances. He had four birdies with a lone bogey on 16.
The Trojans complete the fall schedule Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Stanford Classic at the Cypress Point G.C. in Monterey, Calif.