Trojans Tied For 5th After NCAA West Regional 1st Round.

May 17, 2007

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Rory Hie fired a 5-under 67, fellow freshman Jamie Lovemark carded a 3-under 69 and senior Jordan Nasser turned in a 2-under 70 to lead the No. 5 USC men's golf team on a hot and muggy first day of the 2007 NCAA Championships West Regional on Thursday (May 17) at host Arizona State's Karsten G.C.

Playing in its 37th consecutive NCAA Championships, the Trojans finished the first day with a combined 11-under 277, tied for fifth in the 27-team field. The top 10 teams from the West, Central and East NCAA Regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships final, set for May 30-June 2, at Golden Horseshoe G.C. in Williamsburg, Va.

In a region that features every Pac-10 team but Washington State (which wasn't selected to the NCAA field), No. 8 UCLA is in first at 20-under 268 and is followed by South Carolina (-15, 273), No. 19 Arizona State (-13, 275), New Mexico (-13, 275), Pepperdine (-11, 277), No. 2 Stanford (-11, 277), USC, No. 13 East Tennessee State (-10, 278), California (-8, 280), Oregon State (-7, 281) and No. 9 UNLV (-7, 281).

Hie, who helped lead USC to the Pac-10 team title in April, started with the rest of the Trojans on the 10th hole and went out in 3-under. That effort featured birdies on the 10th, 13th, 14th and 17th holes and a bogey on 15. He came in with a pair of birdies on the 2nd and 5th holes for a 5-under 67, maintaining his strong play from Pac-10s, when he posted a second-round 66 and a fourth-round 67. Hie is tied for seventh in the 141-man field.

Lovemark's 69 was his fifth straight sub-70 round, coming on the heels of his Pac-10 individual title. The No. 1 player in the country according to Golfweek.com, the freshman birdied the 10th and 17th holes en route to an even front 9 and came back to birdie the 2nd, 4th and 5th holes for a 3-under back 9. He is tied for 21st.

Nasser, tied for 40th, birdied the 11th, 13th and 17th holes to go out in 2-under and came home even with one more birdie on the 5th hole.

Senior Joshua Wooding, tied for 55th, was also under par after a first-round 71. Wooding got off to a clean start with birdies on 10 and 11 for a 2-under front 9. A rollercoaster back 9 included a double bogey on the 3rd hole that was followed by a birdie on 4, an eagle on 5 and two more bogeys. The 5th hole that Wooding eagled is a par 5, 500 yards.

Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer rounded out USC's first-round efforts with a 1-over 73, tied for 85th. He had five birdies on the day to offset some struggles on other holes.

The tournament will continue Friday and Saturday, with action beginning at 6:30 a.m. (PDT) both days.

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