Men's Golf Captures USC Collegiate Invitational Crown

March 6, 2007

West Lake Village, Calif. - The Stanford men's golf team, ranked second nationally, shot a blistering five under par 279 in the final round of the 30th annual USC Collegiate Invitational at North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., to win the tournament by three strokes with a three round score of four-under par 848.

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.

No. 15 Tennessee was third at 868, followed by No. 12 UCLA at 870 and No. 8 Brigham Young at 873 to round out the top five.

Individually, freshman Joseph Bramlett moved into a tied for seventh after carding a round of two-under 69 today for a one-under 212 for the tourney. Teammates Rob Grube (74-72-69) and Zack Miller (73-67-75) tied for 10th on the individual leaderboard with a 215. Stanford's Daniel Lim (69-77-70) and Matt Savage (72-73-71) tied for 15th at 216. Matt Shin, competing as an individual, finished 66th with a 231 (74-78-79).

USC's Rory Hie carded only an even-par 71 Tuesday, but it was enough to give him a two shot victory over teammate Jamie Lovemark and Loyola Marymount's Brian Locke.

Today's victory marks the fifth win for the Cardinal this season.

Complete results are available at www.golfstat.com.

Team Standings - 1, Stanford, 284-285-279-848. 2, USC, 291-277-285-853. 3, Tennessee, 284-290-294-868. 4, UCLA, 281-289-300-870. 5, Brigham Young, 291-295-287-873. 6, Coastal Carolina, 294-299-285-878. 7, California, 288-297-295-880. T8, Pepperdine, 288-301-294-883; Oklahoma, 292-298-293-883. 10, Texas Christian, 297-293-294-884. 11, Texas Tech, 299-296-292-887. 12, Oregon State, 294-298-298-890. 13, Oregon, 294-305-292-891. 14, Loyola Marymount, 292-299-301-892. 15, Washington State, 303-297-322-922.

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