Trojans Win Duck Invitational; Lovemark Ties For Individual Crown
March 27, 2007
Freshman Jamie Lovemark tied for the individual title, senior Joshua Wooding placed a season-best fifth and four Trojans finished in the top 17 to help secure the No. 6 USC men's golf team's second team title of the season after the final round of the 2007 Oregon Duck Invitational on Tuesday (March 27) at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C.
USC turned in a final-round 291 for a 54-hole 868 to register a six-stroke win. Oregon State was second (874), Arizona and host Oregon tied for third (875) while top-ranked Stanford was fifth (880). Six golfers competed for each team and the top four counted, a slight departure from the traditional five-count-four scoring that is the norm in college golf.
USC's title was its second after winning the season-opening Inverness Intercollegiate in September. Troy has finished no worse than fifth in any of its eight outings this year and among the top three six times.
Lovemark, the No. 2 ranked golfer by Golfweek.com, finished with a share for the individual crown after a final-round 72 gave him a 214 (-2). He tied with Washington's Alex Prugh and UCLA's Kevin Chappell.
It was Lovemark's second title of the year and marked the fifth time he has been USC's highest finisher in eight outings.
Wooding fired a final-round 70 to move into fifth all alone with a 218 (+2). His highest finish of the season had been a tie for 11th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge.
Freshman Rory Hie, USC's top finisher in the last two events, including a title at the USC Collegiate Invitational, tied for 12th with a 220 (+4) after a final round 75. He has finished tied for 12th or better in four or the past five outings.
Senior Jordan Nasser finished a season-best tied for 17th after a final-round 74 gave him a 221 (+5).
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer tied for 27th at 224 (+8) after turning in a third-round 75. Sophomore Ryan Linton, competing towards the team result for the first time this season, finished tied for 69th at 241 (+25).
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