Men's Golf
    Trojans In Texas For Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational

    Oct. 5, 2014

    The USC men's golf team, led by sophomore Rico Hoey and coming off of a pair of top 2 finishes to start the 2014-15 fall season, continues play at the inaugural Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at the Colonial C.C. in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 6-7).

    The Trojans, under ninth-year head coach Chris Zambri, will play on the PGA-used course with host TCU, Georgia, Stanford, Washington, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Ohio State, Arizona and Duke.

    Teams will play 36 holes Monday, 18 on Tuesday. Results will be available at Golfstat.com.


    USC returns three starters from last year's squad that made its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship final round (tied for second longest active streak nationally), including Hoey and returning seniors Paul Smith and Eric Sugimoto.

    Hoey put together one of the top seasons in Trojan golf history as a 2014 freshman, leading USC in stroke average (71.36), top 10 finishes (eight), rounds in the 60s (16), birdies (165) and eagles (eight) en route to 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, All-Pac-12 first team and GCAA All-West Region honors. A 2014 Palmer Cup pick, Hoey's 16 rounds in the 60s and his 26 rounds of par or better were the most since Jamie Lovemark's 20 and 27, respectively, during his 2007 freshman season. Hoey's eight top 10s were actually all top 7 or better, including six in the top.

    Smith had five top 20 finishes last season, including a tie for seventh at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. He has three rounds in the 60s, each coming in final rounds, and was fifth on the team with a 73.44 stroke average.

     

     

    Sugimoto joined the Trojans in spring and was third on the team in stroke average (72.96) while posting a pair of top 10 finishes.

    Also back and looking for increased roles are junior Bobby Gojuangco and sophomores Khaled Attieh and Danny Ochoa. Bolstering the lineup as well are a trio of freshmen in Sean Crocker, Jonah Texeira and Bakari Bolden.

    Key losses from last year included departed senior and former All-American Jeffrey Kang, senior and frequent starter Ramsey Sahyoun and departed junior Anthony Paolucci, who left school a year early to pursue a professional career.


    EARLY NOTES
    Freshman Sean Crocker leads USC with three rounds in the 60s in six rounds and has a 69.83 stroke average. Hoey has two rounds in the 60s and a 70.67 average. Junior Bobby Gojuangco, senior Eric Sugimoto and freshman Jonah Texeira each have two rounds in the 60s as well ... The Trojans have had five different players each register top 10 finishes so far this year (Hoey, Gojuangco, Texeira, Crocker and Sugimoto).

    TOURNAMENT RECAPS

    Southwestern Intercollegiate
    Freshman Sean Crocker tied for second at 5-under to lead USC's season-opening efforts at the 2014 Southwestern Intercollegiate, the Trojans taking second after final-round play finished at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., on Sept. 9. USC combined for a three-round 11-over 863 (288-292-283), finishing 15 back of winner Stanford (848). Washington State was 10 back of the Trojans for third (873) while Pepperdine, co-hosting with Troy, was seventh (885). Crocker tied for second at 5-under 208 (68-72-68) after his second 3-under round of the tournament. He was 1-under going out and 2-under coming home with four birdies on the day. Senior Eric Sugimoto tied for ninth at 3-over 216 (72-76-68) while sophomore Rico Hoey, in his first event after his All-American freshman campaign, tied for 16th at 6-over 219 (74-73-72). Sugimoto opened play 4-under through 10 before settling for 3-under with a five-birdie round. Hoey was 1-over on the front with two birdies and even on the back with two more birdies.

    Itani Quality Homes Collegiate
    Sophomore Rico Hoey took third while the USC men's golf team rallied to tie Oregon and force a playoff before falling on the first hole on the final day of the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at the Paolouse Ridge in Pullman, Wash. The Trojans finished at 6-under 834 (273-270-291) during a windy final round and finished tied with Oregon after a tight final few holes. In the playoff on 18, Oregon finished with one birdie, two pars and two bogeys to best USC's three pars and two bogeys. Cal took third at 3-under 837. Hoey finished third at 5-under 205 (66-65-74) while junior Bobby Gojuangco (69-67-73) and freshman Jonah Texeira (67-69-73) tied for 10th for collegiate bests at 1-under 209.