NCAA men's golf championship: Trojans enjoy strong start
Six Pac-12 teams descended upon the Concession Golf Club in hot and sunny Bradenton, FL on Friday for the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Championship. Through one day of play, USC leads all Pac-12 teams in a middle-heavy field. Your team-by-team breakdown of Friday's action:
The sensational round of Rico Hoey (-2,70) catapulted the Trojans (+1, 289) into third place overall and ahead of all other Pac-12 teams at the end of Day 1. His four teammates Sean Crocker, Jonah Texeira, Bobby Gojuangco and Eric Sugimoto ferried the effort with fantastic +1, 73 rounds of their own.
UCLA finds itself in seventh place after a solid +6, 294 showing on Friday. Jake Knapp's -1, 71 round led all Bruins, with teammates Jonathan Garrick and Preston Valder offering strong support with +2, 74 showings.
ASU golf dynamo John Rahm (-1, 71) was aided by fellow Sun Devil Max Rotluff (-1, 71) to finish tied for 17th on Friday. The Devils will need a strong Saturday from Broc Johnson (+6, 78), Nicolo Galletti (+7, 79) and Ki Taek Lee (+11, 83) if they plan to make a push for the top of the leaderboard.
The Ducks are right behind ASU, tied for 18th place with Virginia at +12, 300. Oregon's No. 1 Aaron Wise led the UO contingent with a +1, 73 showing, followed by a +2, 74 round from teammate Thomas Lim.
Right behind the Ducks are the Dawgs, tied for 20th with Houston, Vanderbilt and South Carolina at +13, 301. Ace Cheng-Tsung Pan finished with a commendable even-par 72 effort, aided by teammate Corey Pereira (+1, 73).
No two ways about it; 2015 Pac-12 champion Stanford (+22, 310) is in a big hole to begin the NCAAs with a 29th-place finish on Friday. 2015 Pac-12 individual champion Maverick McNealy led the way for all Cardinal with a +6, 78 opening round.
Stay with Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12.com for continuing coverage of the 2015 NCAA men's golf championships, and check here for live NCAA men's golf scoring as it becomes available.