Lovemark Selected To Represent U.S. In 2007 Palmer Cup
April 13, 2007
USC freshman Jamie Lovemark was among eight collegiate golfers selected to represent the United States in the 2007 Palmer Cup.
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. The Americans - who will be coached by Mike McGraw of Oklahoma State - lead the series, 5-4-1.
Georgia's Brian Harman and Chris Kirk, Florida's Billy Horschel, Coastal Carolina's Dustin Johnson, Vanderbilt's Luke List, Oklahoma State's Jonathan Moore and Wake Forest's Webb Simpson will join Lovemark on the team.
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).