USC Finishes Third At ASU Thunderbird

April 15, 2007

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Freshman Rory Hie tied for third and three other Trojans finished among the top 20 as the No. 5 USC men's golf team finished third at the 2007 ASU Thunderbird Invitational on Sunday (April 15) at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz.

For the ninth time in 10 outings, the Trojans finished among the top five, this time alone in third with a three-day 849 (-15), five shots back of winner Oregon (844). USC sliced a couple strokes off the Ducks lead with a final round 286. Host and No. 18 Arizona State was second (847).

Hie followed his first-round 67 and second-round 69 with another 69 for a three-day 215 (-11) to tie for third with San Diego State's Aaron Goldberg. New Mexico's Charlie Beljan won the title with a 201 (-15), passing Oregon's Derek Sipe (204) on the final day.

As he did in the first round, Hie carded par or better throughout the final 18 holes, birdying three holes in the process. During the 54-hole invitational, Hie was no worse than par - was 8-under overall - on the back 9. Hie's finish was his second best this season (behind only his title-winning performance at the USC Collegiate).

Freshman Ryan Linton, entered in the draw as an individual whose results do not count toward USC's team totals, posted a career-best tie for 14th after his final round 70 gave him a 213 (-3). He had three birdies on the day.

Senior Joshua Wooding and freshman Jamie Lovemark tied for 17th at 214 (-2) after each finishing with a round of 72. For Lovemark, it marked his ninth top 20 finish of the season while Wooding finished among the top 25 for the sixth time in the last eight starts. Lovemark had three birdies on the day, Wooding four.

Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer started and finished the day tied for 30th after his 1-over 73 gave him a 217 (+1). Glissmeyer was 2-under through 10 holes, but fell back a bit toward the end of his round.

Senior Jordan Nasser tied for 55th after his third-round 76 gave him a 222 (+6). He had three birdies for the second straight day.

Next up for the Trojans in the Pac-10 Championships, April 23-25, in Eugene, Ore.

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