No. 22 USC Men's Golf At Arizona Intercollegiate|
Jan. 24, 2014
The USC men's golf team, ranked No. 22 (Golfweek.com) and coming off a strong finish to its fall season, begins the 2014 spring schedule at the Arizona Intercollegiate, Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 27-28), in Tucson, Ariz.
Results will be available at Golfstat.com.
USC, under eighth-year head coach Chris Zambri, who has led Troy to the NCAA Championships each of his first seven seasons, is led by seniors Jeffrey Kang, a 2012 All-American, and Ramsey Sahyoun, as well as junior Anthony Paolucci.
Joining the Trojans are a host of newcomers including junior Paul Smith, the younger brother of the recently graduated All-American Sam Smith, sophomore transfer Bobby Gojuangco and freshmen Rico Hoey, Danny Ochoa and Khaled Attieh.
The Trojans will be looking to maintain the momentum generated by their final fall event when they took second at the Gifford Collegiate Championship in November while featuring the individual medalist and runner up.
Hoey, Troy's top golfer in the fall, won the Gifford Collegiate at 8-under 202 (68-66-68), going 4-under over his final three holes to leapfrog Paolucci, who took second at 7-under 203 (68-66-69).
Hoey led USC in stroke average in the fall (70.91) while Paolucci was second (71.67) and Smith was third (73.25). Hoey's four rounds in the 60s was also team best while Paolucci had three.
In USC's season-opening event, the Trojans, featuring a lineup that included four newcomers, tied for seventh at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. Smith, the junior transfer, led USC with a tie for seventh at 2-under 214 (72-73-69). Hoey had put together a great first tournament at 4-under 212 (73-68-71), but a scorecard error on a 5-over final hole disqualified his round.
Kang, making his season debut, and Paolucci tied for 12th to lead then-No. 23 USC men's golf team to third place at the William H. Tucker Invitational at the University of New Mexico Championship Course on Sept. 28. The Trojans, who registered the second-lowest final round, finished at 23-over 887 (291-302-294), 24 back of host and winner New Mexico (863) and six behind second place Arizona State (881). Kang (74-74-73) and Paolucci (73-73-75) tied for 12th at 5-over 221.
Hoey posted a collegiate best tie for fourth while Paolucci tied for 23rd to lead USC at the U.S. Collegiate Championship, where USC finished ninth. The Trojans finished at 5-over 869 (290-289-290), remaining in ninth for the third day in a row in a tough 15-team field. No. 5 Oklahoma State claimed the top spot while host No. 2 Georgia Tech finished second. Hoey tied for fourth at 4-under 212 (70-71-71). He opened his final round with an eagle on the par 5 1st hole, bogeyed 3 and 5 and finished the front 9 with birdies on 6, 7 and 9. He cooled off with a 2-over back 9 but still finished under par for the third day in a row.