Lovemark Leaves Mark At 2005 AJGA Polo Junior Classic

Dec. 1, 2005

Jamie Lovemark, who signed a national letter of intent to attend USC in 2006, won the 2005 AJGA Polo Junior Classic on Sunday (Nov. 27) in an 18-hole match play competition in Sea Island, Ga.

Lovemark defeated Tadd Fujikawa of Honolulu, Hawaii, with a 5 & 3 to claim the title. Another future Trojan, AJGA All-American first teamer Rory Hie, made it to the quarterfinals.

Hie and Lovemark signed National Letters of Intent earlier this month to attend USC in the fall of 2006.

The tournament was played on the Sea Island Golf Club's Plantation and Seaside Courses. After 36 holes of stroke play, the top 32 players advanced to match play.

Lovemark joins previous AJGA Polo Classic winners Casey Wittenberg, Hunter Mahan and Tiger Woods, who were each collegiate All-Americans.

Lovemark, who won the 2004 Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 2005 Western Amateur, got off to a fast start with a chip-in birdie on No. 1 and saw his advantage extend to 2-up through nine holes of play. The University of Southern California-bound junior wasted no time expanding his lead to 4-up through 11 holes by making birdie on No. 10 and capitalizing on a Fujikawa bogey on No. 11. Lovemark would move to dormie 4, with Fujikawa unable to mount a charge.

In the first round of match play on the Seaside Course, Lovemark defeated Bryant Lach of The Woodlands, Texas, 2 & 1. In the second round, he defeated Clemson bound Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, 1-up. He then defeated Richard Lee of Chandler, Ariz., in the quarterfinals and Phillip Francis, the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, of Scottsdale, Ariz., 2 & 1 in the semifinals.

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