Lovemark, Hie Guide USC To Lead At Duck Invitational

March 26, 2007

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Freshmen Jamie Lovemark and Rory Hie are among the top 10 while seniors Jordan Nasser and Joshua Wooding are among the top 20 to lead USC to first place after two rounds at the 2007 Oregon Duck Invitational on Monday (March 26) at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C.

The Trojans turned in a combined 577 after rounds of 282 and 295 on the 7,033-yard, par 72 course. Six golfers are competing for each team and the top four count, a slight departure from the traditional five-count-four scoring that is the norm in college golf.

Two strokes back of USC is Oregon State (287-292, 579) while host Oregon is in third (287-293, 580). No. 9 UCLA is fourth (587). Top-ranked Stanford is 10th (597).

Lovemark, USC's top finisher in its first four tournaments this season and the No. 2 ranked golfer by, led the 12-team event after the first round with a 67, but dropped to a tie for second at 142 (-3) after a second-round 75. He is tied with UCLA's Kevin Chappell and the two of them are a stroke back of Oregon's Matt Ma (141).

Hie, USC's top finisher in the last two events, including a title at the USC Collegiate Invitational, is tied for seventh at 145 (+1) after rounds of 72 and 73, which included one eagle.

Nasser (71-76) is tied for 13th at 147 (+3) while Wooding (72-76) is tied for 17th at 148 (+4).

Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer rebounded from an opening round 78 with a 1-under 71 to tie for 23rd at 149 (+5). Sophomore Ryan Linton, in his first team action of the season, is tied for 62nd with a 159 (79-80, +15)

Final-round action will begin Tuesday at 8 a.m.

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