Lovemark Battles For NCAA Championship Individual Title
June 1, 2007
Freshman Jamie Lovemark fired a 6-under 64 and will live to play another day, but the No. 5 USC men's golf team fell just short of the same fate, barely missing the 54-hole cut as the Trojans' season ended on the third round of the 2007 NCAA Championships final at the Golden Horseshoe G.C. in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday (June 1).
USC combined for a third-day, 1-under 279, its best round of the championships. It gave Troy a 54-hole, 14-over 854 (289-286-279), tying it for 18th. Only the top 15 teams advance to the fourth round, however. Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Florida State were tied for 14th at 851 and needed a playoff to eliminate one team, which turned out to be the Volunteers.
The top six players not on top 15 teams also advance to the final round, which is how Lovemark will continue playing. Clemson's Kyle Stanley (6-under 204), UAB's Zach Sucher (5-under 205) and BYU's Daniel Summerhays (5-under 205), all individual entrees in the NCAA Championships, took the first three solo spots.
Vanderbilt's Jon Curran took the fourth spot (4-under 206) while Lovemark and North Carolina's Martin Ureta earned the final two berths at 3-under. Had Florida State not advanced, Seminole Matthew Savage would have taken the fifth spot at 4-under, leaving Lovemark and Ureta to battle in a playoff for the final slot. Fortunately for both players, Florida State remained alive in the team competition, removing Savage from the equation. Lovemark is tied for 11th overall, three strokes off the lead.
Lovemark, Curran and Ureta will tee off together at 8:18 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday to start the final round.
The Trojans, who won the 2007 Pac-10 team title and tied for third at the NCAA West Regional, began the day tied for 22nd for the second day in a row flirted with the top 15 throughout the round, but never got over the hump.
Lovemark tied his second lowest round of the season with strong play from start to finish. Starting the day on the 10th hole, he had six birdies at one point, from 15 to 2 to bridge the turn, moving to 6 under. He bogeyed twice after that, but made up the strokes with birdies on 5 and 9.
It marked Lovemark's 13th straight round of 72 or lower and the 64 was his 20th round in the 60s this season.
Fellow freshman Rory Hie was USC's next highest finisher, his final round of par 70 moving him into a tie for 43rd. He had birdies on the 1st, 6th and 18th holes to offset three bogeys, finishing with a 2-over 212 (71-71-70).
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer began the day at 3-under, but slipped to 3-over with a third round 76. He finished tied for 57th with a 3-over 213 (68-69-76).
Senior Joshua Wooding finished his career by getting untracked after a tough first two rounds. He posted a par 70 to finish at 14-over 224 (78-76-70), tied for 137th. He was par all the way except for a birdie on 6 and a bogey on 7.
Senior Jordan Nasser's final round was a 75, giving him a three-day, 18-over 228 (78-75-75), tied for 152nd. His last round as a Trojan included two birdies.
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