Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship
April 21, 2008
WHAT: The 49th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships.
WHEN: Monday through Wednesday, April 28-30, 2008.
HOST: California will serve as the tournament host for the 72-hole Championship.
WHERE: Meadow Club, Fairfax, Calif.
Meadow Club, Fairfax, Calif.
Par 71, 6,686 Yards
WHO: Men's golf teams from all 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship.
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2008 Pacific-10 Men's Golf Championship is free.
RANKINGS: As of April 14th, the Golfweek/Sagrain Index shows that four teams are ranked in the Top-25 ... UCLA is ranked No. 3, followed by USC at No. 5, STANFORD is ranked No. 11, and rounding out the Top-25 is ARIZONA STATE at No. 20 ... As for the rest of the Conference, OREGON STATE is No. 45, OREGON is No. 50, CALIFORNIA is No. 57, followed by ARIZONA at No. 58, WASHINGTON at No. 68 and WASHINGTON STATE at No. 123 ... Individually, USC's Jamie Lovemark is ranked No. 3 and teammate Rory Hie is ranked No. 11, UCLA's Kevin Chappell is ranked No. 4 and Erik Flores is ranked No. 16, Stanford's Sihwan Kim is at No. 12 while teammate Rob Grube is at No. 45, Oregon State's James Allenby sits at No. 35, while Jesper Kennegard from Arizona State rounds out players in the national Top-50 at No. 49.
USC posted the best score in the field each of the tournament's three days, finishing five strokes off the tournament record of 56-under par, achieved by Arizona State in 2000, earning the Trojans the Pac-10 title. 2006 Conference champion UCLA placed second, while ARIZONA STATE finished third.
USC's Jamie Lovemark finished the three-day event 19 strokes under par, carding just one bogey over 72 holes on the 7,033-yard, par-72 course. His 269 total helped the Trojans finish a collective 51-under par and 36 strokes ahead of second-place UCLA, the third-largest margin of victory in the event's history. Arizona State senior Niklas Lemke took second place for the second consecutive year, while USC's Joshua Wooding took third after posting 278 (-13). The Trojans placed five in the Top-10, including Rory Hie who took fourth place after outshooting the 2006 Pac-10 champion, Daniel Im of UCLA, 279 to Im's 280.
Arizona State's Niklas Lemke and USC's Jamie Lovemark were named Pac-10 Co-Golfers of the Year, while Lovemark was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Stanford head coach Conrad Ray was named the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
USC's Jamie Lovemark, a 2007 All-American first teamer and NCAA individual champion, Lovemark won virtually every individual award available to an NCAA men's golfer as a freshman, except The Ben Hogan, which was awarded before season's end. Lovemark again leads the Trojans in stroke average this season 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.
USC's 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. Hie won his second tournament of the season and became Troy's third individual winner in the past four starts on the final day of the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships at Stanford.
UCLA's Kevin Chappell is one of 20 Division I college golfers on the 2008 Jack Nicklaus Award Watch List, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced April 8. The award is presented to the Player of the Year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA. He won the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate in January, recording a score of 198 (-15) to break a 23-year old school record and he has not lost in five match play competitions this season. He also has won Pac-10 Player of the Month honors twice (November and January). In addition, he leads the team with a 71.3 scoring average and has played his 20 rounds this year in 10-under par. A two-time All-American and three-time All-Pac-10 selection, Chappell has won four times in his collegiate career, including the 2006 NCAA East Regional. At the U.S. Intercollegiates this past weekend, Chappell tied for second place at two-under par 208 following a final round score of 68 (-2). Even par after 15 holes, Chappell eagled the par 5 16th and made par on the final two holes for his fifth Top 5 finish this season.
UCLA's Erik Flores, a 2006 Second Team GCAA All-American, has returned to form in 2008. His scoring average of 71.7 is the best of his career and he ranks 16th in the country. He leads the team in career percentage of subpar rounds (40%), and this season 100% of his rounds have been counters. In 23 rounds, he is two-under par. At the U.S. Intercollegiates this past weekend, Flores tied for 25th at 217 (+7) following a final round score of 71 (+1).
STANFORD freshman Sihwan Kim is currently averaging 71.4 strokes per round and has recorded 12 under-par rounds. He shot a 63 in the second round of the UH-Hilo Invitational in February, his lowest round so far, on his way to a tie for second place and helping the team to the tournament's crown. In eight tournaments this year, he has finished in the top five on the leaderboard four times. At the U.S. Intercollegiates, Kim shot a four-under-par 66 to take second outright with a final score of 208.
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