No. 2 Men's Golf Set For Southern Highlands Collegiate

March 12, 2009

The No. 2 USC men's golf team (as ranked by Golfweek.com), featuring four All-Americans including two-time All-American and 2007 NCAA individual champion Jamie Lovemark, continues the spring schedule at the 2009 Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship, Sunday through Tuesday (March 13-15), at the Southern Highlands G.C. in Las Vegas, Nev.

The 15-team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Charlotte, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, host UNLV and USC. UNLV won the team title last year while former Trojan Rory Hie won the individual title (in a three-way playoff).

Play begins each day at 8 a.m. PST with tee times off No. 1 and No. 10. The course is a par 72, 7,510-yard course.

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 ... He is currently recovering from a broken pinky finger but hopes to return within a few weeks.

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 posted back-to-back top 10 finishes recently with 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 five of the events in which he's played. He was fourth at the 2008 UCF Collegiate Invitational and the 2009 USC 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 (70.53) and rounds in the 60s (five), 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 has three top 10 finishes, including a tie for first at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate with a 4-under 212 (70-70-72). He was seventh at the 2009 USC Collegiate (which included a final-round 65) 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 starters in all five 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 30th at the 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational and 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 five events in 2009, he's tied for 14th at the Bill Cullum Invitational, tied for 51st at the USC Collegiate Invitational and tied for 56th at the UH Hilo Invitational, which included a final-round 67.

Freshman Steve Lim
Lim has seen action in three events this season, highlighted by his tie for eighth at the 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational (when he was playing as an individual). He finished the event at 1-under 212 (71-71-70). He also tied for eighth at the Bill Cullum Invitational at 4-under 212 (69-70-73) and tied for 45th at the CordeValle Collegiate.

Senior Gavin Reid
Reid has played in two events this season, tying for 30th at the Bill Cullum Invitational and tying for 46th at the USC Collegiate Invitational.

Sophomore Daniel Park
Park has played in two events this season, tying for 41st at the Bill Cullum Invitational and tying for 57th at the USC Collegiate Invitational.



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.

2009 USC Collegiate Invitational
Sophomores Matt Giles and Tim Sluiter posted top 10 finishes to lead the USC men's golf team as it finished fourth at the Trojan-hosted 2009 USC Collegiate at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., (Feb. 23-24). Stanford won the event at 13-under 839 (284-276-279) while BYU took second at 3-under 849 (275-287-287). Cal was third at 6-over 858 (285-286-287) and USC moved from eighth to fourth on the final day, finshing at 7-over 859 (292-292-275). The Trojans played without two-time All-American junior Jamie Lovemark for the first time. Lovemark missed the event while recovering from a broken finger. Giles, 1-under after 36 holes, fired a 5-under 66 to take fourth. Sluiter used a strong final round to finish seventh at 2-under 211 (71-75-65). The event's defending individual champion carded six birdies, including three in a row on 7, 8 and 9, and eagled the par 5 12th hole. USC freshman Steve Lim, playing as an individual, turned in Troy's third-best 54-hole score with a 1-under 212 (71-71-70), his best effort as a Trojan. He finished tied for eighth after a final round that included four birdies.

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