Giles Leads Trojans On First Day Of U.S. Collegiate Championship

April 5, 2009

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Sophomore Matt Giles fired a 5-under 67 while freshman Steve Lim was also under par to lead the No. 3 USC men's golf team during the opening round of the 2009 U.S. Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga, on Sunday (April 5).

USC is third after the first day at 3-under 285, two strokes back of first-place Clemson (283) while UCLA is in between at 4-under 284. Washington is fourth at 287.

Giles, who has finished outside the top 10 just once this season, opened with a 1-under front 9 with birdies on 1 and 9 before blazing through a back 9 in which he went 4-under with four birdies. He is tied for second, two shots off the lead.

Lim, who has two top 10 finishes this year, got off to a hot start and was 3-under through 13 holes behind four birdies. He finished 2-over over the final five holes, but his 71 was still good enough for a tie for 11th.

Sophomore Tim Sluiter finished even for the day at 72, tying for 16th after three birdies on the front 9 and three bogeys on the back.

Junior Jamie Lovemark, still finding his swing after returning to action some two months after breaking a finger, is tied for 43rd at 3-over 75. He was even through the front 9.

Senior Tom Glissmeyer, coming off his first collegiate first-place finish in his last event, is tied for 63rd at 5-over 77.

The event continues Monday and Tuesday. Action begins at 11 a.m. (EST).

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