Lovemark 63 Ties USC Record; Trojans Tied For 3rd At NCAA Regional
May 18, 2007
Freshman Jamie Lovemark tied USC's single-round record with a blistering 9-under 63 effort that included three eagles and three birdies while his teammates were all under par as well to guide the No. 5 USC men's golf team on the second day of the 2007 NCAA Championships West Regional on Friday (May 18) at host Arizona State's Karsten G.C.
Playing in its 37th consecutive NCAA Championships in weather that approached 100 degrees, the Trojans are tied for third in the 27-team field after two of three rounds with a combined 26-under, 550 (277-273). 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 35-under 541 (268-273) and is followed by South Carolina (-34, 542, 273-269), USC, No. 19 Arizona State (-26, 550, 275-275), Washington (-21, 555, 284-271), East Tennessee State (-21, 555, 278-277), Oregon State (-20, 556, 281-275), Arizona (-19, 557, 282-275), Stanford (-19, 557, 277-280) and New Mexico (-19, 557, 275-282).
'We are pretty pleased with where we are right now, though we felt like we left some strokes out there at the end,' USC Director of Golf Kurt Schuette said. 'We are looking to make a run at UCLA and South Carolina and try to win this thing. We're going to give it our best shot.'
Lovemark, chasing his fourth title of the season, is tied with Arizona State's Benjamin Alvarado for the lead at 12-under. The Trojan freshman's white hot second round included eagles on the 2nd, 5th and 10th holes and birdies on the 7th, 14th and 17th.
Lovemark sunk a 25-footer from the green on 2 for his first eagle and then found the hole from 16 feet away on the 5th green for his second. On 10, Lovemark's second shot landed just over the right of the green, but he was able to chip in from there for his third eagle among the first 10 holes.
Lovemark's 63 tied the USC record held by Hunter Mahan and Al Geiberger. Mahan's mark came in 2000, an 8-under effort at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. (Records do not indicate the date of Geiberger's 63.The Trojan great graduated in 1959). Lovemark's previous USC low was a 64 earlier this season at the USC Collegiate Invitational. The No. 1 player in the country according to Golfweek.com, his 63 was also his sixth straight sub-70 round (and 18th overall on the season), dating back to his Pac-10 individual title in April.
Freshman Rory Hie was sharing space near the top of the leaderboard for most of the day. After an opening round 67, he finished with a second-round, 1-under 71 and is tied for 23rd at 6-under 138. Hie was 4-under heading into his final three holes, but bogeyed the 16th and double bogeyed the 18th.
Senior Joshua Wooding and Jordan Nasser are tied for 49th at 3-under 140. Wooding followed his opening round 71 with a 2-under 70 that included a pair of birdies on both the front and back 9. Nasser carded a 71 Friday after his 70 on Thursday, his three birdies offsetting a pair of bogeys.
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer, thanks to a 3-under 69, leaped up to a tie for 62nd (from 85th) at 2-under 142. He had six birdies and three bogeys in the second round, which was his eighth round in the 60s this season and his first round since the General Jim Hackler Championship on March 11.
The tournament concludes Saturday, with action beginning at 6:30 a.m. (PDT).
(Note: This story was posted with a handful of teams still finishing, so individual standings might change by the round's end).
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