No. 5 USC Set For ASU Thunderbird Invitational
April 12, 2007
The USC men's golf team, ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfworld.com poll, completes its regular season slate of action at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational Friday through Sunday (April 13-15) at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz.
The Trojans, coming off a 12th-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., are looking for their third tournament win and ninth top 5 finish in 10 outings.
In addition to USC, and host No. 18 Arizona State, the 15-team field includes 2006 tournament champion Arizona, Baylor, California, Central Florida, Fresno State, Kansas State, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A&M, No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 9 UNLV.
Action starts with shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7 a.m. on Sunday.
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.
Two weeks ago, 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 (71.07) and has been USC's highest finisher in five of nine 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 finished outside the top 18 only once this year.
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 victory. 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).
Most recently, Lovemark was among eight Americans selected to represent the United States in the 2007 Palmer Cup presented by Monster. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition between American collegiate golfers and their counterparts from Europe will be played June 7-8, at Caves Valley G.C.
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. 81 in the nation, is third on the squad in stroke average (73.26) and has five top 20 finishes.
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer is ranked No. 77 in the country and is second on the team with a stroke average of 73.19.
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 had his best finish of the season at the Oregon Duck Invitational (fifth) with a 218 (72-76-70). He has finished in the top 25 in five of the last seven 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 73.67, 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 74.59 and has finished in the top 30 in five of nine starts.
He posted 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 below a tie for fifth only once in nine events and has titles at the Inverness Intercollegiate and the Oregon Duck Invitational and three second-place finishes.
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