No. 5 USC Set For Pac-10 Championships
April 19, 2007
The USC men's golf team, ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfworld.com poll, will compete in the 2007 Pac-10 Championships at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C., Monday through Wednesday (April 23-25).
Monday's action features 36 holes beginning at 8 a.m. with 18 holes on both Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 8.
The Pac-10 Championship format features six-player teams with the low five scores counting toward each 18-hole round. USC's squad is scheduled to include seniors Joshua Wooding and Jordan Nasser, sophomores Tom Glissmeyer and Ryan Linton and freshmen Jamie Lovemark and Rory Hie.
Live results will be available at www.golfstat.com
The Oregon C.C. hosted the 1987 and 1997 men's Pacific-10 championships and the 1959 and 1978 men's NCAA Championships. USC has enjoyed success on the par 72, 7033-yard course already this year, winning the Oregon Duck Invitational on March 27. Lovemark won the individual title at the event. Lovemark also had good luck in Oregon during the fall, winning the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge in October in Bandon, Ore.
USC'S PAC-10 HISTORY
The Trojans have won the Pac-10 title a conference best 17 times, most recently in 2001 and 2002. USC won the crown 15 times between 1962 and 1986. Troy boasts 19 individual champions, though none since Sam Randolph tied for the title in 1983. USC has also earned six Pac-10 Golfer of the Year honors, most recently Kevin Stadler in 2002. In 2006, host USC finished fourth at Big Horn's Canyons Course in Rancho Mirage Calif.. Then-senior Tyler Ley led USC with a tie for fourth while current seniors Jordan Nasser and Joshua Wooding tied for 10th and 17th, respectively. Current sophomore Tom Glissmeyer tied for 31st.
As a team in 2006-2007, USC has finished below a tie for fifth only once in 10 events, has titles at the Inverness Intercollegiate and the Oregon Duck Invitational and three second-place finishes.
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. 5 collegiate men's golfer by Golfweek.com.
On March 27, 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 (71.10) and has been USC's highest finisher in five of 10 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).
On April 12, 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. 55 in the nation, is second on the squad in stroke average (72.77) and has six top 20 finishes and nine rounds in the 60s. Most recently, Hie tied for third at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational with a 205 (67-69, 69). He has been USC's top finisher in three events this season.
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 at the time.
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.
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 73.43, he has three rounds in the 60s this year, including a 65 at the CordeValle Collegiate, second lowest on the season for USC.
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 three starts, Linton tied for 30th as an individual at the USC Collegiate Invitational (75-72-73, 220), tied for 69th at the Oregon Duck Invitational and tied for 14th at the ASU Thunderbird (70-73-70, 213).