Trojans Ranked No. 5 in Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll|
Aug. 28, 2015
The USC men’s golf team will be ranked No. 5 when it opens play on Sept. 21 at the Husky Invitational in Suncadia, Wash., boasting a prominent spot in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll released Friday (Aug. 28).
The Trojans enter the 2015-16 season coming off their best finish in program history. In June, the team upset No. 2 Texas and No. 4 Illinois to advance to the NCAA Championship match where they fell to LSU 4-1.
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).