No. 8 USC Heads To 2007 General Jim Hackler Championship
March 8, 2007
The USC men's golf team, ranked No. 8 in the latest Golfworld.com poll, continues its busy spring semester schedule at the 2007 General Jim Hackler Championship sponsored by Chanticleer Holdings at the TPC of Myrtle Beach in Murells Inlet, S.C., Sunday and Monday (March 11-12).
The field includes host No. 6 Coastal Carolina, USC, Augusta State, Baylor, No. 23 Charlotte, No. 20 Duke, No. 14 Eastern Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Kent State, Lamar, New Mexico, North Florida, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Purdue, No. 22 Tulsa, UNC Wilmington and Virginia. Of the 18 teams, 14 appeared in the NCAA Regional or NCAA Championships last year.
Sunday's schedule includes a shotgun start for 36 holes while Monday's play will begin off the 1st and 10th tees. The course is par 72, 6,950 yards.
Freshman Jamie Lovemark, on the watch list for the 2007 Ben Hogan Award, which goes to the nation's top men's golfer, saw his string of seven consecutive sub-70 rounds broken at the USC Collegiate Invitational. But that didn't prevent him from finishing tied for second overall, which included a USC season best 64 in the second round. He also leads the Trojans with a stroke average of 70.00.
He led wire-to-wire to win the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, posting an eight-shot win with a three-day, 4-under 209. The title was USC's first since Ben Hayes won to kick off the 2004-2005 season and was Troy's first by a freshman since Hunter Mahan won back-to-back events in the fall of 2000.
Lovemark also finished third in his collegiate debut at the Inverness Intercollegiate with a 219, helping USC to a team title, and also took third at the CordeValle Collegiate with a 204 (-12). Earlier this year, Lovemark earned an invite to play as an amateur in the 2007 Buick Invitational (Jan. 25-28) and parlayed it into a tie for 39th. He finished with a 72-hole 285 (66-74-73-72, -3). He has been USC's highest finisher in four of six starts and has finished in the top 5 four times.
Freshman Rory Hie is coming off his first collegiate title, winning the USC Collegiate Invitational by two strokes. Hie had his own string of rounds under 70, the streak reaching four in a row before his double bogey on the final hole of the USC Collegiate pushed him to 71 in the third round. Hie has three top 20 finishes on the season and a stroke average of 73.22.
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer is second on the team in stroke average at 72.89 and has a pair of top 5 finishes, including a tie for fifth at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate. After carding a 201 there with a 66, 66 and 69, he had a streak of five straight sub-70 rounds (since snapped). Glissmeyer also posted a fifth at the Inverness Intercollegiate and tied for 12th at the CordeValle Collegiate after back-to-back 69s to close out the tournament.
Senior Joshua Wooding has come on strong in the last four tournaments. He posted a pair of top 20 finishes (tied for 11th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge and tied for 19th at the CordeValle Collegiate) to close out the fall schedule. He then turned in a pair of sub-70 rounds at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate earlier this month. He closed out the USC Collegiate with a 72 and a 70 to lower his season stroke average to 73.72. His 65 at the CordeValle Collegiate is USC's second lowest round of the season.
Senior Jordan Nasser rounds out a strong fivesome with a stroke average of 74.06 and has finished in the top 30 in three starts. He tied for 29th in the opener, tied for 27th at PGA West and tied for 28th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge. He has carded a 72 or lower six times.
As a team, USC has finished no worse than a tie for fifth in all six outings, including a title at the Inverness Intercollegiate and three second-place finishes.
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