Troy Tied For 2nd After NCAA West Regional First Round
May 15, 2008
On a day where few of the 156 players were under par, the No. 2 USC men's golf team featured three at even and is tied for second after the first round of the 2008 NCAA West Regional at the Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash., on Thursday (May 15).
Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each of the three regionals to the championship finals, set for May 28-31 on the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University is the host institution for this year's championships.
USC finished with a combined 3-over 291, tied for second, two shots behind first-place Oregon. Troy was tied with UCLA and host Washington. USC leapfrogged a handful of schools thanks to the 18th hole, where the Trojans were a combined 6-under. Pepperdine is fifth (292), Saint Mary is sixth (294), Clemson and North Carolina are tied for seventh (295), Stanford is ninth (296) and Texas is 10th (299).
Sophomores Jamie Lovemark and Rory Hie and junior Tom Glissmeyer all managed even rounds and are tied for eighth. They are three strokes back of individual leader Joey Benedetti of Oregon (69), the only player under 70 on the day.
Lovemark birdied the 3rd hole to start his round before double bogeying the 8th and bogeying the 10th. He was par the rest of the way until knocking down an eagle on the par 4 18th hole. Lovemark's four teammates all birdied the 18th hole prior to his eagle.
Hie had a relatively steady day, with a bogey and a birdie on the front 9 and two of each on the back 9. Glissmeyer, who has posted back-to-back top 10 finishes entering this tournament, had an up-and-day that featured five birdies against five bogeys. He carded par on both the front and back 9, birdieing 18 to get back to even for the round.
Freshman Tim Sluiter is tied for 49th at 3-over 75. He got off to a rocky start with a double bogey on the 1st hole and a bogey on the 3rd, but he settled in after and was even the rest of the round, birdying the 8th and 18th holes.
Fellow frosh Matthew Giles is tied for 64th after a 4-over 76. He was 2-over on the back and front 9. He birdied the 14th and 18th holes, helping to offset a string of four bogeys to start the stretch home.
USC will tee of on Friday with UCLA and Florida State at 7 a.m. Tee times for Saturday's final round will be determined after Friday's action.