No. 5 USC Set For U.S. Championship
April 5, 2007
The USC men's golf team, ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfworld.com poll, joins the rest of the golf world in Georgia this weekend when it travels to the peach state for the U.S. Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.
The Trojans, coming off their second team title of the season at the Oregon Duck Invitational, will practice on Sunday (April 8) and play competition rounds Monday through Wednesday (April 9-11).
Five of the top six ranked teams in the Golfword.com Top 25 and seven of the top 10 will be in action on the Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course, which is par 72 and 7,020 yards.
In addition to USC, the 15-team field includes defending NCAA champion and No. 6 Oklahoma State, host and No. 15 Georgia Tech, defending tournament champion and No. 10 Clemson, No. 8 UCLA, No. 1 Georgia, No. 25 Georgia State, No. 22 Wake Forest, No. 4 Florida, Florida State, No. 3 Alabama, Texas Christian, No. 23 Texas, No. 13 East Tennessee State and No. 12 BYU.
Freshman Jamie Lovemark, named a semifinalist for the 2007 Ben Hogan Award, which goes to the nation's top men's golfer, is currently ranked the nation's No. 1 collegiate men's golfer by Golfweek.com.
In his most recent outing, Lovemark tied for the individual title at the Oregon Duck Invitational with 214 (67-75-72). It complemented his first win of the season, a victory at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge in October.
Lovemark leads the Trojans in stroke average (70.42) and has been USC's highest finisher in five of eight starts. He has carded 12 rounds in the 60s, including a USC season low 64 at the USC Collegiate Invitational. He has five top 3 finishes on the season and hasn't finished outside the top 18 in any event.
In one stretch, he fired seven consecutive sub-70 rounds. In his first win, he led wire-to-wire to win the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, posting an eight-shot win. 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.
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).
Freshman Rory Hie has been equally strong of late and was named the Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month for March. He kicked off the month with a win at the USC Collegiate Invitational, a two-shot victory. He fired a three-round 208 (69-68-71) for the title, helping Troy to a second-place finish. He then led USC at the General Jim Hackler Championship, where he tied for sixth with a 212 (70-73-69), leading USC to third.He ended the month with a tie for 12th at the Oregon Duck Invitational, helping the Trojans to the team title in that event with a 220 (72-73-75). Hie, ranked No. 82 in the nation, is third on the squad in stroke average (72.88) and has five top 20 finishes.
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer is ranked No. 80 in the country and is second on the team with a stroke average of 72.88.
He has three top 10 and four top 20 finishes. He finished fifth at the season-opening Inverness Intercollegiate and tied for fifth at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate with a 201 (66-66-69), USC's top score of the event. The three sub-70 rounds gave him five straight overall.
Glissmeyer also tied for 12th at the CordeValle Collegiate after back-to-back 69s to close out the tournament and tied for eighth at the General Jim Hackler Championship with a 213 (67-68-78). He has seven rounds in the 60s this year.
Senior Joshua Wooding is coming off his best finish of the season, a fifth at the Oregon Duck Invitational with a 218 (72-76-70). He has finished in the top 25 in five of the last six outings.
Wooding 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 tied for 18th at the General Jim Hackler Championship
Fourth on the team with a stroke average of 73.38, he has three rounds in the 60s this year, including a 65 at the CordeValle Collegiate, second lowest on the season for USC.
Senior Jordan Nasser rounds out a strong fivesome with a stroke average of 73.88 and has finished in the top 30 in five of eight starts.
He is coming off a season-best tie for 17th at the Oregon Duck Invitational, where he finished with a 221 (71-76-74). He tied for 29th in the opener, tied for 27th at PGA West, tied for 28th at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge and tied for 30th at the General Jim Hackler Championship. He has carded a 72 or lower eight times.
Sophomore Ryan Linton is the only other Trojan to play in more than event. In two starts, Linton tied for 30th as an individual at the USC Collegiate Invitational (75-72-73, 220) and tied for 69th at the Oregon Duck Invitational.
As a team, USC has finished no worse than a tie for fifth in all eight outings, including titles at the Inverness Intercollegiate and the Oregon Duck Invitational and three second-place finishes.
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