Trojans Win UH Hilo Invitational By 11 Strokes

Feb. 6, 2009

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Junior Jamie Lovemark, senior Tom Glissmeyer and sophomore Matt Giles were all under par on Friday (Feb. 6) to lead a strong final-round team effort to lift the USC men's golf team to victory at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate 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. TCU was third (870) while Stanford was fourth (872) and Oregon fifth (873) in the Pac-10 dominated field.

The victory is USC's second in a row, dating back to its win at the CordeValle Collegiate that wrapped up the fall season.

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. Lovemark has now finished among the top 10 in each of USC's four events this season.

Giles (72-70-71) and Glissmeyer (72-72-70) tied for seventh at 3-under 213. The finish was Giles third in the top 7 in three outings and the second straight top 7 finish for Glissmeyer.

Senior Ryan Linton completed his best performance as a Trojan, taking 14th at 1-over 217 (76-69-72). Sophomore Tim Sluiter tied for 19th at 3-over 219 (73-73-73).

Sophomore Bo DeHuff, playing individually, tied for 56th at 12-over 228 (82-79-67). His final round 5-under performance was his best as a Trojan and the best for USC during the 54-hole event.

The Trojans return to action in less than three weeks when they host the annual USC Collegiate Invitational, Feb. 23-24, at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village.

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