Troy Signs Four Prep Standouts

Nov. 9, 2005

Top high school golfers Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Rory Hie of Lakewood, Calif., Bo DeHuff of Coto de Caza, Calif., and Tyler Smith of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., have signed national letters of intent to compete for the USC men's golf team beginning in the fall of 2006, men's coach Ted Gleason announced today.

'We are thrilled to have signed these four young men,' Gleason said. 'They are all quality student-athletes and will certainly have an immediate impact both on and off the golf course. We feel that this group of men is one of the top recruiting classes that we have had and I look forward to coaching them the next four years.'

Lovemark, a senior at Torrey Pines High in San Diego, won the prestigious Western Amateur in August, beating some of the best amateurs in the country; with his victory he earned an invitation to next summer's Western Open, a PGA Tour event. He was also named an AJGA All-American for the second year in a row and was a two-time member of the Canon Cup West Team. This past year he had four top 15 finishes in five events. In 2004 he captured both the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Western Junior Championship in back-to-back weeks. He is currently ranked 10th nationally by the Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Hie has been a consistent force on the AJGA Tour, garnering All-American first team honors the past two years and he was a two-time member of the Canon Cup West Team as well. This past summer he had seven top 10 finishes out of eight events (five of which were in the top five) on the AJGA circuit and was a quarterfinalist in the United States Public Links Championship. In the summer of 2004 he won both the Heather Farr Classic and the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings.

DeHuff, who attends Santa Margarita Catholic High in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., earned AJGA All-American honorable mention honors this past year. He won the AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior and had three additional top 25 finishes on the circuit. In 2005 he was MVP of the Santa Margarita team, was tabbed an Orange County Register All-County first teamer and made it to the CIF Southern Section finals as an individual. His play assisted Santa Margarita to a second place team finish at the CIF sectionals.

Smith, a senior at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, has been an All Academy League first team selection during each year at St. Margaret's, earning MVP in 2004 and All-County first team. In the summer of 2004 he had two top 10 finishes on the AJGA circuit and participated in the 2004 United States Amateur at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club by virtue of winning the sectional qualifying at Round Hill C.C. in Greenwich, Conn. He also lettered in basketball both his sophomore and junior years, leading the team in scoring last year while being a member of the National Honor Society.

Kurt Schuette, Director of Golf, also commented on the 2006 recruits.

'Coach Gleason did an outstanding job in recruiting several of the best players in the '06 class,' Schuette said. 'This may prove to be one of the best recruiting classes in USC's history. We have worked hard to build a better and more comprehensive golf program and I believe the caliber of these recruits validates our efforts. Our current and former players will join us in welcoming these young men into the Trojan Golf Family tradition.'

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