No. 24 USC Set To Return To Action Locally|
Oct. 17, 2014
The No. 24 USC men's golf team, led in fall play by trio of underclassmen, continue the fall slate at the Bill Cullum Invitational, Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 20-21), at the Wood Ranch G.C. in Simi Valley, Calif.
The Trojans, under ninth-year head coach Chris Zambri, are part of a 21-team field that also includes host Cal State Northridge, Arizona State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, St. John's, Sacramento State, San Diego, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, Utah State, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Washington State and Weber State.
Monday's 36 holes begin with a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. while Tuesday's single round starts at 7 a.m. off holes 1 and 10. Results will be available at Golfstat.com.
Freshman Sean Crocker leads the Trojans in stroke average (69.67) and rounds in the 60s (five) through three events. Sophomore Rico Hoey, a 2014 All-American, is second at 71.56 with two rounds in the 60s while freshman Jonah Texeira is third on the team at 73.00 with two rounds in the 60s ... Crocker has a pair of top 4 finishes, tying for second at 5-under 208 (68-72-68) at the Southwestern Intercollegiate and fourth at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at 2-under 210 (73-68-67). He also tied for 19th at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at 1-over 211 (71-69-71) ... Four other Trojans have one top 10 apiece (Hoey, Texeira, Eric Sugimoto and Bobby Gojuangco).
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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.
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate
Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational