Troy, Fresh Off Win, Lets It Ride In Vegas

March 6, 2008

The No. 7 USC men's golf team, days after winning its own USC Collegiate Invitational, hits the links again, this time in Las Vegas at the UNLV Southern Highland Collegiate at Southern Highlands G.C., Friday through Sunday (March 7-9).

The Trojans, who not only won their previous tournament but boasted the individual winner as well, will compete in a 15-team field that also includes Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Charlotte, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and host UNLV.

Results can be followed live during the 54-hole event being played on a par 72, 7,510-yard course at Play begins at 8 a.m. each day with tee times off No. 1 and No. 10 holes. USC's first player tees off at 8:27 a.m. on Friday.

The Trojans have finished in the top 3 in their last five events (and finished eighth in the other) ... USC is coming off a team win at its own USC Collegiate Invitational, where it posted a four-stroke win over second-place Tennessee. 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, sophomores Rory Hie and Jamie Lovemark and freshman Tim Sluiter).

Jamie Lovemark
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 71.07 ... He has finished in the top 6 three times this year (in the top 11 four times), including a second at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate, a tie for sixth at the Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview and a tie for fifth at the UH Hilo Invitational ... Lovemark missed USC's season-opener while representing the United States at the Walker Cup ... He has three rounds in the 60s, including a season-best 65 at the UH Hilo Invitational ... For the second consecutive season, Lovemark is on the Watch List for the 2008 The Ben Hogan Award (he was a semifinalist last year) ... Also, Lovemark has recently been tabbed as one of 11 finalists for the 2007 Sullivan Award, which honors the nation's top amateur athlete. Fan voting counts for one third of the vote. Voting ends March 10.

Rory Hie
Sophomore Rory Hie, All-Pac-10 second team as a freshman, is averaging 72.00 strokes per round, second on the team of those who have played more than two events. Hie has a team-best four top 10 finishes, including 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 a team-best four rounds in the 60s, including a USC record 62 in the second round of the UH Hilo Invitational (on a 70 par course). The previous USC record was 63.

Tom Glissmeyer
Junior Tom Glissmeyer, a 2007 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, is averaging 73.17 strokes per round. He finished a season-best tied for seventh at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate and has two other top 20 finishes. He carded a season-low of 69 at the UH Hilo Invitational.

Tim Sluiter
Freshman Tim Sluiter has been a major contributor in his first season with the Trojans and boasts a stroke average of 72.67. Sluiter 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 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.

Matthew Giles
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 ... In his next event, he took second at the USC Collegiate with a 6-over 219.

Junior Ryan Linton finished a season-best tied for 20th at the USC Collegiate ... Redshirt freshman Bo DeHuff and freshman Gavin Reid both played at the Inverness Intercollegiate, finishing tied for 50th and 71st, respectively. Reid tied for 34th at the USC Collegiate while DeHuff tied for 50th at the CordeValle Collegiate and was 71st at the USC Collegiate . Freshman Daniel Park played at the Fall Preview, tying for 55th and tied for 64th at the USC Collegiate.

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