USC Freshman Ffrench Shares Lead at 70

Shane Ffrench of USC shot 2-under-par 70 and is tied for the lead with Noah Goodwin of SMU and David Puig of Arizona State after the first round of the Southwestern Invitational at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village.

French, a freshman from San Diego, capped his junior career by winning the 2020 Corey Pavin Invitational in the Toyota Tour Cup.

“(Ffrench has) got a lot of game,” said Coach J.T. French, in his first season with the Trojans. “Until 18, he didn’t hit a bad shot all day. He was rock solid, in control of the ball and his emotions, playing stable and confidently. I think the future is pretty bright for him.

“The conditions couldn’t have been any tougher. The wind was blowing and it was really cold. The course was set up challenging and combined with the conditions, it made scoring difficult.”
Mattias Schmid of Louisville shot 71 to tie for fourth with Ryggs Johnston of Arizona State and Trevor Hulbert of Tennessee State.

Joey Moore of San Diego State totaled 72 to tie for sixth with Joshua McCarthy of host Pepperdine, Trevor Hulbert of East Tennessee State, McClure Meissner of SMU, Christo Lamprecht of Georgia Tech and Devin Morley of Louisville.

Arizona State took the team lead at 4-over 292, followed by SMU at 293, San Diego State at 294, Louisville at 296 and USC at 301.

Georgia Tech was sixth at 303, while Cal finished at 305 to tie for seventh with East Tennessee State, while Pepperdine was ninth at 308, and St. Mary’s of Moraga wound up at 316 to tie for 10th with Augusta, and San Jose State was 11th at 319.

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