Troy Enters Final Regular Season Event At U.S. Intercollegiate
April 16, 2008
The No. 3 USC men's golf team, which has won two of its last three events, looks to remain hot as it readies for its regular season finale at the 2008 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships, Saturday and Sunday (April 19-20) at the Stanford G.C. in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Trojans have finished no lower than fourth in its last seven starts - including six top three finishes - and boast the individual winner in two of the past three events (Tim Sluiter at the USC Collegiate and Rory Hie at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate).
The first round on the par 70, 6,835-yard course will begin Saturday with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. with the second round being played immediately upon completion of the first. Sunday morning's third and final round will also being at 7:30 a.m.
The tournament features 17 teams including host Stanford, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, San Diego State, California, UC Irvine, Minnesota, Northern Colorado, Washington, Oregon State, San Jose State, TCU, UC Davis, Nevada, Oregon and Toledo.
Results can be followed live during the 54-hole event at Golfstat.com.
SO FAR THIS SEASON
The Trojans have finished in the top 4 in their last seven events (and finished eighth in the other) and have had two players finish in the top 10 six times as well ... USC is coming off of its second win in its last three starts, a 3-stroke victory led by Jamie Lovemark's tie for second place ... Prior to that, USC posted a fourth-place finish at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate, where sophomore Rory Hie won the individual title after a three-way playoff ... Troy won the USC Collegiate Invitational less than a week earlier, posting a four-stroke win over second-place Tennessee. Its opening-round even 284, played during extremely windy conditions, was the low for the event and enabled Troy to hold off any challengers during the final two rounds. Freshman Tim Sluiter, who was entered in the tournament as an individual, earned medalist honors with a 5-over performance while frosh teammate Matthew Giles was second, one stroke back ... USC tied for second at the UH Hilo Invitational in the previous event and took third in the CordeValle Collegiate, the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational and the Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview ... Four different golfers have at least tied for team-high honors in USC's six tournaments this season (junior Tom Glissmeyer, sophomores Rory Hie and Jamie Lovemark and freshman Tim Sluiter).
Sophomore Jamie Lovemark, a 2007 All-American first teamer and NCAA individual champion who won virtually every individual award available to an NCAA men's golfer as a freshman, again leads the Trojans in stroke average at 71.00 ... He has finished in the top 7 five times this year (in the top 11 six times), including a tie for second at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, a second at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate, a tie for sixth at the Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview, a tie for fifth at the UH Hilo Invitational and a tie for seventh at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate ... Lovemark missed USC's season-opener while representing the United States at the Walker Cup ... He has six rounds in the 60s, including a season-best 65 at the UH Hilo Invitational ... For the second consecutive season, Lovemark is on the Watch List for the 2008 The Ben Hogan Award (he was a semifinalist last year) as well as the 2008 Nicklaus Award, which he won in 2007... Also, Lovemark was one of 11 finalists for the 2007 Sullivan Award.
Sophomore Rory Hie, All-Pac-10 second team as a freshman, is averaging 72.00 strokes per round, second on the team ... Hie won his second collegiate title in March, a win at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate, where he tied for first and won a three-man playoff with a birdie on the first hole ... He is tied for team-high with five top 10 finishes, including his win, a tie for fifth at the UH Hilo Invitational, a tie for sixth at the Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview and ties for ninth at the CordeValle Collegiate and the USC Collegiate... Hie has five rounds in the 60s, including a USC record 62 in the second round of the UH Hilo Invitational (on a 70 par course). The previous USC record was 63 ... Hie is on 'Watch List' for the 2008 Nicklaus Award, which honors the top college player in the nation ... Hie was tabbed as the Pac-10's Player of the Month for March 2008. He won the honor in March 2007 as well.
Junior Tom Glissmeyer, a 2007 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, is averaging 73.48 strokes per round. He finished a season-best tied for seventh at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate and has two other top 20 finishes. He carded a season-low of 69 at the UH Hilo Invitational.
Freshman Tim Sluiter has been a major contributor in his first season with the Trojans and boasts a stroke average of 73.33. Sluiter recorded his first collegiate victory with a 4-over 218 at the USC Collegiate, coming from behind with a final-round 1-under 70. He tied for ninth at the CordeValle Collegiate (which included a final-round 69), tied for 11th at the Fall Preview and tied for 14th at the Inverness Intercollegiate ... He fired a season-low 67 at the UH Hilo Collegiate.
Freshman Matthew Giles, from Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia, is a spring semester enrollee who made his Trojan debut at the UH Hilo Collegiate. He tied for 20th and posted a 68 first round and a 67 third round ... He then took second at the USC Collegiate with a 6-over 219 and tied for 27th at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate ... He has four rounds in the 60s.