USC Set To Begin NCAA Championships West Regional As Top Seed
May 13, 2008
The No. 3 USC men's golf team, which has won two of its last three events and three of its last five (and just missed the Pac-10 title in a playoff), makes its 38 straight NCAA appearance as the top seed in the 2008 NCAA Championships West Regional May 15-17 at the Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash. USC has won four NCAA individual crowns, but is still after its first NCAA team title.
Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each of the three regionals to the championship finals, set for May 28-31 on the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University is the host institution for this year's championships.
USC, under second-year coach Chris Zambri, who recently was named the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Coach of the Year, is one of eight Pac-10 schools that qualified for the 81-team field and all eight were placed in the West Regional. Washington State and Arizona were the only Pac-10 schools that did not get selected.
In addition to USC, seven other schools ranked in the current Golfweek.com Top 25 will play in the West Regional. They are No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Florida State, No. 15 UNLV, No. 18 Clemson, No. 19 Arizona State, and No. 24 Texas Tech.A year ago, USC tied for third in the 2007 NCAA Championships West Regional while then-freshman Jamie Lovemark tied for second individually.
Play each day on the par 72, 7,111-yard course at Gold Mountain begins at 7 a.m. PDT. USC tees off Thursday with UCLA and Florida State at 11:30 a.m. and will tee of on Friday with the same teams at 7 a.m. Results for the NCAA West Regional can be followed live at Golfstat.com.
USC AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
USC's hopes of repeating as conference champs for the second time this decade were dashed in a one-hole, six-player playoff, the Trojans falling to Arizona State on the final day of a hotly contested 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif. The Trojans began the day with a two-stroke lead over the Sun Devils, dropped into second - and then third - place before rallying during the final nine holes of the 72-hole three-day event, ultimately forcing a playoff. USC finished regulation play at 15-over 1435 (338-374-357-366), tied with Arizona State (354-361-356-364). With the six competitors for each school playing the 18th hole for the playoff (with the top five scores counting), USC finished with a combined 23 strokes to Arizona State's 21, giving the Sun Devils their first Pac-10 title since 2000. Trojan junior Tom Glissmeyer tied for sixth with a par 284 (69-74-72-68) to lead the Trojan finishers. The junior, who posted his second consecutive top 10 finish for the first time in his Trojan career, had a strong final round with four birdies and an eagle, his third of the tournament.
USC'S PAC-10 HONORS
USC second-year Head Coach Chris Zambri was named 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Coach of the Year while five of his players were named to either the first or second teams.Sophomores Jamie Lovemark and Rory Hie were tabbed as All-Pac-10 first team, Lovemark's second such honor, Hie's first. Selected to the All-Pac-10 second team were junior Tom Glissmeyer and freshmen Tim Sluiter and Matt Giles. No other team had more than a combined three golfers selected to the first and second teams. Zambri, in his second year as head coach, has directed USC to a stellar season so far that saw the Trojans win three of 10 tournaments. USC just missed a fourth win by being edged out in a playoff by Arizona State in the Pac-10 Championships. In addition to the victories, the Trojans finished in the top four in nine of 10 tournaments this season. The USC team victories came in the USC Collegiate Invitational, the U.S. Collegiate Championship and the U.S. Intercollegiate.
SO FAR THIS SEASON
The Trojans have finished in the top 4 in their last nine events (and finished eighth in the other) and have had two players finish in the top 10 eight times as well ... USC has won three of its last five starts, most recently falling in a playoff against Arizona State in the 2008 Pac-10 Championships ... Prior to that, USC posted a 13-stroke win at the U.S. Intercollegiate on April 20 that featured an eight-stroke win by Rory Hie ... The event before, USC won by three strokes at the U.S. Collegiate Championship on March 26, the Trojans led by Jamie Lovemark's tie for second place ... Prior to that, USC posted a fourth-place finish at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate on March 9, where Hie won the individual title after a three-way playoff ... Troy had won its own USC Collegiate Invitational less than a week earlier on March 4, posting a four-stroke win. 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, Hie, Lovemark and 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 70.93 ... A 2008 All-Pac-10 first team selection (for the second year in a row), he has a team-high seven top 10 finishes (all in the top 8), 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, ties for fifth at the UH Hilo Invitational and U.S. Intercollegiate, a tie for seventh at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate and a tie for eighth at the Pac-10 Championships... Lovemark missed USC's season-opener while representing the United States at the Walker Cup ... He has eight rounds in the 60s, including a season-best 65 at the UH Hilo Invitational ... Lovemark is a finalist for the 2008 The Ben Hogan Award (he was a semifinalist in 2007) 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, who has two wins this season and is second on the team in stroke average (71.55), is a 2008 All-Pac-10 first team selection (after being named All-Pac-10 second team in 2007) ... Hie, who has three career victories as a Trojan, got his second at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate (71-69-73-213), where he tied for first and won a three-man playoff with a birdie on the first hole. After a 13th at the U.S. Collegiate Championships, Hie won again, registering an eight-stroke win at the U.S. Intercollegiate (62-71-67-200). His first round tied the school record he set earlier in the season ... He has six top 10 finishes, including his two wins, 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 team-high tying eight rounds in the 60s, including his first 62 this season 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 is a 2008 All-Pac-10 second teamer (and was a 2007 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection). He is coming off consecutive top 10 finishes for the first time as a Trojan, a tie for sixth at the Pac-10 Championships (69-75-72-68-284) and a tie for second at the U.S. Intercollegiate on April 20. He fired a 208 (66-73-69), his first round his USC best ... He has five rounds in the 60s this year and is averaging 72.68 strokes per round ... He finished tied for seventh at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate and has two other top 20 finishes.
Freshman Tim Sluiter, from The Netherlands, has been a major contributor in his first season with the Trojans and boasts a stroke average of 73.06. Sluiter, a 2008 All-Pac-10 second team selection, 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 seventh at the U.S. Intercollegiate, 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 (since tied at the Pac-10 Championships) and has four rounds in the 60s ... On April 30, he was selected to play for the European team in the 2008 Palmer Cup.
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, tied for 27th at the UNLV Southern Highlands Collegiate, tied for 21st at the U.S. Collegiate, tied for 27th at the U.S. Intercollegiate and tied for 11th at the Pac-10 Championships ... A 2008 All-Pac-10 second team pick, he has six rounds in the 60s.
Junior college transfer Gavin Reid has played in five tournaments this season, including four times as part of USC's scoring team. He finished a season-best 30th at the CordeValle Collegiate and was tied for 45th at the Pac-10 Championships.
Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the championships. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parentheses.
EAST REGIONAL - May 15-17
Council Fire Golf Club - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Hosted by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Teams (seeded in the following order)
2. Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference)
3. South Carolina
5. Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
7. East Tennessee State
8. Michigan State (Big Ten Conference)
10. UAB (Conference USA)
11. Virginia Tech
12. North Carolina State
13. Mississippi State
14. Georgia State (Colonial Athletic Conference)
15. North Florida (Atlantic Sun Conference)
16. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
17. Augusta State
19. Middle Tennessee
20. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
23. Western Carolina
24. Colorado State (Mountain West Conference)
25. New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
26. Western Illinois (The Summit League)
27. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
1. Keegan Bradley, St. John's (New York)
2. Jose Toledo, New Orleans
3. Johnny Caldwell, South Alabama
4. Michael McGrady, Troy
5. Jon Curran, Vanderbilt
6. Grant Leaver, Austin Peay State
CENTRAL REGIONAL-May 15-17
Scarlet Golf Course - Columbus, Ohio
Hosted by The Ohio State University
Teams (seeded in the following order)
1. Alabama (Southeastern Conference)
2. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
3. Georgia Tech
6. Lamar (Southland Conference)
7. Wake Forest
9. Texas A&M
11. Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference)
12. Kent State
13. Penn State
19. Ohio State
22. Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference)
23. Marquette (Big East Conference)
24. Eastern Michigan (Mid-American Conference)
25. Cleveland State (Horizon League)
26. Loyola (Maryland) (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
27. Sacred Heart (Northeast Conference)
1. Chris Baker, Iowa State
2. Clayton Rask, Minnesota
3. Josh Sandman, Notre Dame
4. Victor Almstrom, Minnesota
5. Brent Long, Western Kentucky
6. Jordan Weber, Northern Iowa
WEST REGIONAL-May 15-17
Gold Mountain Golf Club - Bremerton, Wash.
Hosted by University of Washington
Teams (seeded in the following order)
3. Florida State (Atlantic Coast Conference)
7. North Carolina
8. Texas Tech
9. Central Florida
10. Arizona State (Pacific-10 Conference)
11. San Diego State
14. Oregon State
18. St. Mary's (California)
23. Kansas State
24. San Diego (West Coast Conference)
25. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
26. Navy (The Patriot League)
27. Columbia (Ivy Group)
1. Troy Merritt, Boise State
2. Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount
3. Tarquin Macmanus, Arizona
4. Jason D'Amore, Loyola Marymount
5. Nathan Stamey, North Carolina-Greensboro
6. Jimmy Lytle, Elon
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