Troy Wins Season Opener At Inverness Intercollegiate

Sept. 12, 2006

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The USC men's golf team treated first-year coach Chris Zambri to what they hope is a common result during his Trojan tenure, a first-place finish in the season-opening tournament, the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational that wrapped up Tuesday (Sept. 12) at the Inverness C.C. in Toledo, Ohio.

Troy started the final round tied for second with Coastal Carolina, eight shots back of leader TCU, but shaved off 11 strokes off the Horned Frogs' lead to win with a three-day 896 (+44). TCU finished second (899) while Florida, which tied with USC for the low round of the day (294), was third (900).

The title was USC's first since Troy won the U.S. International by the Maple Fund on April 17, 2005. That season, USC posted three tourney wins (including one for a tie).

Freshman Jamie Lovemark, USC's top golfer after the first 36 holes, remained as USC's highest finisher, firing a final-round 72 for a 54-hole 219 (+6), good for third place.

He was two strokes ahead of sophomore Tom Glissmeyer, who took fifth with a 221 (+8) after finishing with a 73. The last time two Trojans both finished in the Top 5, as Lovemark and Glissmeyer did, was at the same tournament last season, which was also the season-opener.

Freshman Rory Hie was USC's third-highest finisher, tying for 20th (229, +16) after a 77 today.

Senior Jordan Nasser shook off his first-round 85 with a 74 during the second half of play yesterday and a 72 today to finish tied for 29th with a 231 (+18).

Fellow senior Joshua Wooding rounded out the Trojan quintet, tying for 50th with a 235 (+22).

Lovemark's final round 72 included three birdies and an eagle on the 13th hole. His birdie on the 8th hole was his third of the three-round tournament. Nasser birdied five holes on the day

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