Thursday, November 10, 2016

Southern California SC staves off Stanford in Gifford Collegiate finals

USC’s Rico Hoey
USC’s Rico Hoey (Tracy Wilcox)

Rico Hoey’s win on the 17th hole clinched the Gifford Collegiate match-play title for the University of Southern California (USC) at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
USC beat Stanford in the final round of match play in a 7-6 tiebreaker that was determined by the number of holes up each winner was in his match after each team went 2-2-2.
Hoey’s win at the 17th hole was actually nullified at the 18th for a halve against Franklin Huang, but the guarantee of a halve sealed the win for USC.
The Trojans dominated the stroke-play portion of the contest, beating Stanford by 17 strokes.
In the final match-play round, Andrew Levitt and Justin Suh gave the Trojans their two wins, Levitt winning 4 and 3 against Brandon Wu and Suh beating Isaiah Salinda 3 and 2. Freshman Cheng Jin halved his match with Jeffrey Swegle, as did Hoey.
Stanford’s win came by way of World No 1 amateur Maverick McNealy’s 3-and-2 victory over Sean Crocker, and Viraat Badhwar’s win over Jonah Texeira 3 and 1.
It’s the second straight win for USC, as they captured a victory last week at the Cypress Point Classic in the match-play finals over Georgia Tech.

 Northwestern and Washington tied for third, Colorado placed fifth, UCLA sixth, Wisconsin seventh and South Florida eighth.



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