USC Tied For First At ASU Thunderbird

April 13, 2007

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Five Trojans fired rounds of par or better, including a 5-under effort by freshman Rory Hie, to lead the No. 5 USC men's golf team to a first-round tie for first at the 2007 ASU Thunderbird Invitational on Friday (April 13) at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz.

USC, playing again one day after wrapping up a three-day event in Georgia, showed no ill effects of jet lag with a combined 278 (-10), tied with Oregon. No. 14 Texas Tech is a shot back in third (279) while host and No. 18 Arizona State is fourth (281).

Hie carded a 67 to tie for third individually, one shot back of New Mexico's Charlie Beljan and Oregon's Derek Sipe. Hie's day included a 2-under on the front 9 and a 3-under on the back 9 without a hole worse than par on the day. Already with an individual title to his credit this season, the 67 was a season-best and his sixth round in the 60s this year.

Senior Joshua Wooding is tied for eighth after a 69 (-3) for his fourth sub-70 round of the season. Like Hie, Wooding posted a five-birdie day, including a 3-under effort on the front 9.

Freshman Jamie Lovemark is tied for 11th after his 2-under 70. He recovered from a double bogey on the first hole, including a 3-under on the back 9.

Sophomore Ryan Linton, entered in the draw as an individual whose results do not count toward USC's team totals, was also tied for 11th. Playing in his third tournament of the season, Linton was 1-under on both the front and back 9.

Senior Jordan Nasser finished even on the day, tied for 31st with a 72. His double bogey on the 8th hole was the only blemish on an otherwise consistently solid day that featured birdies on the 1st and 14th holes.

Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer rounded out USC's efforts with a 1-over 73, tied for 44th. Glissmeyer followed a bogey on the 3rd hole and a double bogey on the 4th with an eagle on the 500-yard par 5 5th hole. He was briefly under par after two more birdies on the 12th and 13th holes before finishing just over par for the day.

Play continues Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and at 7 a.m. on Sunday with shotgun starts both days.

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