Lovemark Leads Troy To U.S. Collegiate 2nd-Round Lead

March 25, 2008

Results at Golfstat.com

Despite continuous cold playing conditions that shackled most of the field, the No. 6 USC men's golf team played as if the weather was clear and 70, turning in a collective 1-under performance to vault into the lead after the second round of the 2008 U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., on Tuesday (March 25) at the Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course.

The Trojans, competing against a field that includes eight of the nation's top 11 ranked team, finished with a combined 287 and now lead the field at 5-over 581 (294-287). Alabama (583) is two strokes back while Oklahoma State and host Georgia Tech are tied for third (586). UCLA is fifth (588).

Sophomore Jamie Lovemark fired a 3-under 69 and is tied for fifth at 1-under 143 (74-69). He birdied six holes on the day, including four during a 3-under back 9. He is five strokes behind Oklahoma State's Trent Leon, in first at 6-under 138.

Freshman Matthew Giles remained at even after his second straight 72 and is tied for eighth at 144. He birdied the 1st and 3rd holes and knocked in an eagle on the 432-yard par 4 14th hole.

Freshman Tim Sluiter is tied for 14th at 2-over 146 (73-73). Four-over after seven holes, Sluiter rallied to go 3-under the rest of the way to secure a 1-over second round.

Sophomore Rory Hie is tied for 19th at 4-over 148 (75-73). He birdied three times on the day and was 1-under on the back 9.

Freshman Gavin Reid is tied for 70th at 16-over 160 (77-83). Despite big struggles on the front 9, he settled down during a 2-over back 9.

Competition concludes Wednesday (March 26).

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