Hie Wins USC Collegiate, Leads Troy To 2nd Overall
March 6, 2007
No. 8 USC, behind a strong team effort, battled No. 2 Stanford on top of the leaderboard throughout the final round of the 30th annual USC Collegiate Invitational at North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., the Trojans ultimately finishing second, five strokes behind the Cardinal on Tuesday (March 6).
While the Pac-10 rivals jockeyed for position for the team title, Trojan freshman Rory Hie emerged as the individual title winner - despite a double bogey on the tournament's final hole.
USC held a one-shot lead over No. 2 Stanford entering the final round as well as a three-shot lead over No. 7 UCLA and 7-shot edge on Tennessee.
But soon after the final four teams began play, the tournament turned into a two-team contest between the Trojans and Cardinal. USC held a slim lead for the first half of the day, only to see Stanford pull ahead midway through back 9.
The teams seesawed over the final few holes, the Cardinal prevailing with a three-day 848 to USC's 853. Stanford finished with a final round 279, overcoming Troy's 285.
Hie began the final round at 5-under, two shots back of co-leader and freshman teammate Jamie Lovemark as well as Loyola Marymount's Brian Locke. UCLA's Erik Flores and Tennessee's Phillip Pettitt were also tied with Hie.
Hie and Lovemark were tied for much of the afternoon, leading the field, but Lovemark fell off the pace near the afternoon's end. Hie maintained enough breathing room over the rest of the field to win the title with a 208 (-5), joining Lovemark as the second Trojan to win an individual crown this season.
Lovemark finished with a final-round 74 for a three-day 210 (-3), tying for second with Locke. Lovemark placed among USC's top two finishers for the sixth time in as many events this season and turned in his fourth top 5 finish.
Senior Joshua Wooding complemented his second-round 72 with a final round 70 to tie for 25th at 218 (+5).
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer fought back from a combined 9-over on the first day with a 1-under 70 that featured three birdies. He finished with 221 (+8) to tie for 33rd.
Senior Jordan Nasser, after struggling through his front 9, shot a 33 on the back 9 for a 74, finishing tied for 39th at 222 (+9).
Four Trojans, playing individually, completed their first tournament action of the season. Sophomore Ryan Linton was the highest finisher among them, finishing tied for 30th at 220 (+7) after a final round 73. Sophomore Lee Harris wasn't far behind, tied for 42nd at 223 (+10) after finishing play with a 75.