Top-Ranked Trojans To Host 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational

Feb. 19, 2009

The No. 1 USC men's golf team (as ranked by Golfweek.com), featuring four All-Americans led by two-timer and 2007 NCAA individual champion Jamie Lovemark, returns to action by hosting the 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational, Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 23-24), at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif.

The 12-team field includes BYU, Cal, Fresno State, LMU, Pacific, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego St., Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA, USC, Washington. USC is the defending team champion while sophomore Tim Sluiter is the defending individual champion. The Trojans have also won two events in a row.

The field will play 36 holes on Monday beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The final 18 holes on Tuesday begin at 7:30 a.m. off the 1st and 10th tees. Par is 71 and the course is 6,869 yards. The event is open to the public. For directions, please see the end of these notes.

Live results of the event will be available at Golfstat.com.

Junior Jamie Lovemark
Lovemark is a two-time All-American first teamer who won the 2007 NCAA individual championship and a slew of awards including 2007 Player of the Year. He is coming off a 2008 sophomore season in which he finished in the top 16 in all but one tournament. He tied for team high with seven top 10 finishes (all in the top 8) ... In 2009, Lovemark has finished in the top 10 in all four of USC's events, including a second-place finish in Troy's most recent event at the UH Hilo Invitational. He also tied for seventh at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate and tied for 10th in the 2008 Fall Preview and the 2008 UCF Collegiate Invitational. He has four rounds in the 60s this season and is second on the team in stroke average (71.58) ... He is on the 2009 The Ben Hogan Award watch list. He was a finalist for the award in 2008 and a semifinalist for it in 2007.

Senior Tom Glissmeyer
Glissmeyer, a 2008 All-American honorable mention pick, posted six top 16 finishes as a 2008 junior and posted three consecutive top six finishes late in the year, including tying for sixth at both the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional Championships ... Glissmeyer is coming off of back-to-back top finishes, a tie for seventh in the 2009 UH Hilo Invitational and a third at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate. He has two rounds in the 60s this season.

Sophomore Matt Giles
Giles, a 2008 All-American honorable mention selection, had two top 11 finishes as a freshman and six in the top 27 ... He has finished in the top 7 in all four of the events in which he's played. He was fourth at the 2008 UCF Collegiate Invitational, tied for fourth at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate and tied for seventh at the 2009 UH Hilo Invitational ... At the 2008 Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic (a non-team event), Giles tied for fourth ... USC's leader in stroke average (70.92), he is on the 2009 The Ben Hogan Award watch list.

Sophomore Tim Sluiter
Sluiter, a 2008 All-American honorable mention pick, had seven top 14 finishes and four in the top 10 as a 2008 freshman, including a tie for ninth at the 2008 NCAA Championships (where he was USC's top finisher). He also won the individual title at the 2008 USC Collegiate Invitational ... As a sophomore, Sluiter tied for first at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate with a 4-under 212 (70-70-72) and tied for 10th at the 2008 Fall Preview. He also competed in the 2008 Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic (a non-team event).

Senior Ryan Linton
Linton, who played in two events as a junior, has already exceeded that total, playing among USC's starting five in all four events this year. His best finish last year was a tie for 20th at the USC Collegiate Invitational, something he already bettered with a 14th finish at the 2009 UH Hilo Invitational at 1-over 217 (76-69-72). He also tied for 33rd at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate.

Sophomore Bo DeHuff
DeHuff played in three events as a 2008 redshirt freshman, tying for 50th twice for season-best finishes. Among his four events in 2009, he's tied for 14th at the Bill Cullum Invitational and tied for 56th at the UH Hilo Invitational, which included a final-round 67.



Season Recaps

2008 Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview
Tim Sluiter fired a 4-under 67 and finished tied for 10th with junior teammate Jamie Lovemark as the No. 2 USC men's golf team finished fourth at the highly competitive 2008 Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview at the Inverness C.C. in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 30.USC finished with a combined 15-over 867 (286-291-290). Oklahoma State (843) took first and was followed by Tennessee (859), Georgia (861), USC and Alabama (868).Sluiter (76-70-67) and Lovemark (66-76-71) tied for 10th at even 213. Sluiter's 67 featured four birdies without a bogey as he tied his low round as a Trojan. He did it twice as a freshman last season. Lovemark also had four birdies on the day. USC extended its streak of finishing in the top four to 12 consecutive tournaments.

2008 Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview
Matt Giles finished fourth and Jamie Lovemark tied for 10th to lead the No. 2 USC men's golf team on the final day of the 2008 Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 26-28) at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla. USC finished fifth at 30-over 894 (290-289-315). Giles, in his first event of the season, posted his second-best finish as a Trojan, finishing fourth at 1-under 215 (72-69-74). He had three birdies on the day, finishing as the top Trojan during a round marred by inclement weather. Lovemark tied for 10th at 2-over 218 (75-68-75). He posted his second eagle in as many days on the par 5 7th hole and also birdied the 10 hole.

2008 CordeValle Collegiate
USC completed a wire-to-wire victory in dominating fashion, placing four players in the top seven spots and winning the UCLA-hosted 2008 CordeValle Collegiate by a whopping 26 strokes (Nov. 3-5) at the CordeValle C.C. in San Martin, Calif.

In a tournament in which six players play and five are counted, the Trojans finished at even 1080 (357-362-361), 26 strokes ahead of second-place Stanford (1106). Tim Sluiter won his second tournament as a Trojan, tying for first at 4-under 212 (70-70-72). He tied with Washington's Nick Taylor. Tom Glissmeyer took third at 3-under 213 (74-71-68), Matt Giles tied for fourth at 2-under 214 (69-72-73) and Jamie Lovemark tied for seventh at 1-over 217 (70-72-75).

2009 UH Hilo Invitational
Jamie Lovemark, Tom Glissmeyer and Matt Giles were all under par to lead a strong final-round team effort to lift the USC men's golf team to victory at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate (Feb. 4-6) at the Waikoloa C.C. in Waikoloa, Hawaii. USC finished first at 13-under 851 (285-284-282), extending its lead over Washington to 11 strokes by day's end as the Huskies finished second at 862. The victory was USC's second in a row. Lovemark came close to claiming his first collegiate victory since winning the 2007 NCAA individual title. Instead, he finished alone in second at 5-under 211 (69-73-69), a stroke out of first. Giles (72-70-71) and Glissmeyer (72-72-70) tied for seventh at 3-under 213.

DIRECTIONS TO NORTH RANCH
From the Hollywood (101) Freeway, headed north, take the Westlake Blvd. off ramp. Go north (right) approximately 2-1/4 miles to Valley Spring Drive. Turn right onto Valley Spring Drive. Go one mile to third stop sign (just past Club View entrance). Turn left into North Ranch Country Club. You can also click here for directions.

Past team champions
1978 Houston
1979 UCLA
1980 Arizona State
1981 UCLA
1982 Oklahoma State
1983 Arizona State
1984 UCLA
1985 Oklahoma State
1986 Arizona State
1987 Oklahoma State
1988 UTEP
1990 Cal
1991 USC
1992 Arkansas
1993 Arizona State
1994 Stanford
1995 Stanford
1996 Arizona State
1997 USC
1998 Arizona State
1999 Texas
2000 Arizona State
2001 Arizona State
2002 USC
2003 UCLA
2004 Texas
2005 Tennessee
2006 Pepperdine
2007 Stanford
2008 USC

Past individual champions
1978 Corey Pavin UCLA
1979 David Lee Arizona State
1980 Dan Forsman Arizona State
1981 Corey Pavin UCLA
1982 Willie Wood Oklahoma State
1983 Ken Earle Pacific
1984 Sam Randolph USC
1985 Brian Watts Oklahoma State
1986 Larry Silveira Arizona
1987 Bill Mayfair Arizona State
1988 Dave Bishop UTEP
1990 Ben Furth Cal
1991 Dave Bishop UTEP
1992 Jeff Lyons Oregon
1993 Steve Burdick Stanford
1994 Todd Demsey Arizona State
1995 Mike Walton Pepperdine
1996 Tiger Woods Stanford
1997 Jason Gore Pepperdine
1998 Paul Casey Arizona State
1999 Joel Hendry New Mexico
2000 Ryan Lavoie Oregon
2001 David Yarnes Oregon State
2002 Brock Mackenzie Washington
2003 Steve Conway UCLA
2004 Matthew Rosenfeld Texas
2005 Aron Price Georgia Southern
2006 Anthony Kim Oklahoma
2007 Rory Hie USC
2008 Tim Sluiter USC

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