Hoey Named Pac-12 Player Of The Month|
Nov. 8, 2013
USC freshman Rico Hoey, coming off of a pair of top 4 finishes in USC's last two fall events, has been named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for October, the Pac-12 announced Friday (Nov. 8).
The Rancho Cucamunga, Calif., native led the Trojans to a pair of top 10 finishes, including a runner-up showing at the Gifford Collegiate Championship at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
Hoey capped off the fall season with his first tournament victory, shooting 8-under (68-66-68) to edge teammate Anthony Paolucci by one stroke for top honors at the Gifford Collegiate. Earlier in the month, he finished tied for fourth at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., with a 4-under 212 (70-71-71), as the Trojans finished ninth in a field that included 10 teams ranked among the Top 25 in the latest Golfweek rankings.
He shot under par in each round of both tournaments and becomes the first Trojan to post three sub-70 rounds in an event since senior Jeffrey Kang did it as a sophomore at the Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 1-3,2012).