Hoey, USC Top Gifford Collegiate Stroke Play|
Nov. 7, 2016
The No. 12 USC men’s golf team caught some kind of fire on Monday (Nov. 7) during a 36-hole first-day of the Gifford Collegiate, combining for a 38-under 682 ignited by senior Rico Hoey’s first-place 12-under and junior Jonah Texeira’s second-place 10-under as the Trojans captured the top seed for the ensuing match play tournament over the next two days at the Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course in Napa, Calif.
USC, coming off a win at the Cypress Point Classic last week, posted back-to-back rounds of 341 stake its claim to first and will face eighth-place finisher Wisconsin, which finished at 27-over 747 (373-374), in Tuesday morning’s quarterfinal round at 7:30 a.m. Should USC win, it would face the winner of the match between No. 4 Colorado and No. 5 Northwestern at 1:30 p.m. On the other side, No. 2 seed Stanford, which finished at 21-under 699, will face No. 7 South Florida while No. 3 seed and tournament host UCLA will square off against No. 6 seed Washington. Wednesday’s championship and other final round matches are scheduled for 7:30 a.m.
Hoey turned in a masterful performance to finish as the 36-hole medalist with a 12-under 132 (65-67). He turned in seven birdies without a bogey in the first round and followed it with a six-birdie second round, including four straight between 14 and 17.
Texeira played almost as well to earn second place at 10-under 134 (67-67). He put together six birdies in both the first and second rounds, including four in a row between 15 and 18.
Junior Sean Crocker (68-71) and sophomore Justin Suh (71-68) tied for 10th at 5-under 139. Crocker was 4-under in his opening round thanks to six birdies as he notched his team-best sixth round under 70 this season. Suh had four birdies in each round, but he played without a bogey in the second for just his second round in the 60s this season.