Guo 68 Leads USC First Round At Amer Ari Invitational
Sophomore Tyler Guo fired a 4-under 68 to equal his career-best effort, leading an all-round strong opening 18 holes for the USC men's golf team in the Amer Ari Invitational first round at the Hapuna G.C. in Waimea, Hawai'I on Tuesday (Feb. 2).
The Trojans, coming off a season-opening sixth-place finish at the Southwestern Invitational, combined for an 8-under 280, six back of first-place Georgia Tech and five behind second-place Arizona State. USC is looking for its third title at the event.
Guo was a rock out of the leadoff spot for the Trojans, shaking off a bogey on 2 with four consecutive birdies en route to a 4-under front nine. He came in at par for his career-best-tying round and is tied for seventh.
USC had three double bogeys among its first few holes, but shook it off for its best round of the season.
"We dug ourselves a giant hole, but these guys hung in there and I'm proud of them for that," USC Coach J.T. Higgins said. "We posted a pretty good score. It was impressive, especially starting in the last wave today with the wind picking up. So to stay in contention was great. We start early tomorrow so hopefully we'll get less of a breeze."
Junior Cameron Henry and freshman Shane Ffrench each carded 2-under 70s and are tied for 11th. For Ffrench, it's the second tournament in a row in which he's opened 2-under par. The freshman was 3-under going out which included birdies between 7 and 9. Henry was 2-under on his front with birdies on 7 and 9 and had nine pars on the back.
Senior Kaito Onishi opened with a double, turned at 1-over and finished his round even, tied for 22nd. Fellow senior Leon D'Souza is tied for 42nd at 6-over 78.
A pair of former Trojans, Roger Tambellini and Brian Hull, had their 1996 low round tournament record of 65 broken today by ASU's Blake Wagoner, who posted a course record with a 9-under 63.
USC will begin play at 10a PT in the second round Wednesday.