Crocker, Hoey Earn PING All-American honors|
June 25, 2015
Crocker and Hoey, both 2015 All-Pac-12 first teamers and PING All-West Region picks, helped lead USC to a program-best runner up finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
Crocker, the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, led the Trojans with a 70.39 stroke average, 19 rounds in the 60s and eight top 10 finishes. Crocker's 19 rounds under 70 were the most by a Trojan since Jamie Lovemark had 20 as a 2007 freshman.
Crocker was USC’s top finisher in seven of 14 events. He tied for first at the Jones Invitational with an 8-under 208 (69-73-66) before falling in the second hole of a playoff. He was strong in the postseason, tying for sixth at the Pac-12 Championships at par 280 (72-68-72-68), taking ninth at the NCAA Bremerton Regional at 5-under 211 (66-72-73) and tying for 16th in the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships at 1-over 289 (73-68-75-73).
Hoey, a GCAA All-American third teamer as a 2014 freshman, was second on the team with a 70.86 stroke average, 18 rounds in the 60s and six top 10 finishes. All six of his top 10 finishes were among the top 5, led by a second at the Bill Cullum Invitational at 12-under 204 (65-67-72), a tie for second at the Western Refining College All-America at 7-under 206 (69-66-71) and a third at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at 5-under 205 (66-65-74).
USC, under ninth-year head coach Chris Zambri, has had at least two All-Americans for four straight seasons. Hoey joined then-junior Anthony Paolucci (honorable mention) in 2014. Then-senior Sam Smith and then-freshman Yi Keun Chang both earned honorable mention honors in 2013 while then-senior Steve Lim and then-sophomore Jeffrey Kang were honorable mention selections in 2012.