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Lions Storm To Tournament Victory

Feb. 28, 2006

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Santa Clarita, Calif. -The Loyola Marymount University men's golf team won their first tournament of the year, finishing one stroke ahead of WCC competitor San Francisco. The 10-team field competed at the 2006 Carson Daly Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday in Santa Clarita, Calif. at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course.

After a rainy first day, the Lions posted a fifth place finish in the first round, with sophomore Josh Escobedo and sophomore Jason D'Amore finishing in the top 20, shooting a 72 and 73.

The pair's good luck continued in round two of the tournament when Escobedo posted a one over par 73, moving him up to third place and D'Amore charged into second place by shooting par for the round. Joining his teammates in the top 20, senior Chaz Inouye tied for fourteenth after the second round, posting a 75. But with the team in second place posting 603, four strokes behind San Francisco, the Lions were hungry for the win.

Continuing their impressive play, the Lions fought a strong San Francisco team finishing the third round five strokes ahead USF and winning the Carson Daly Tournament by only one stroke. D'Amore finished with a three-round total of 218 to keep him with the second place win for the Lions. Escobedo finished one behind at 219, securing him the third place win for LMU. Inouye posted a 72 in the final round, moving him up to tie for the eight place spot. Andrew Lawson, from The Master's College took first place with a 216 ending score.

This is the first tournament win for the LMU's golf team since winning the LMU Farmer John Classic on November 14, 2000. Coach Alex Galvan was energized with the win. "It feels good finishing before a conference rival," and went on to note that the team played well in difficult weather related circumstances.

Next up for men's golf is the Braveheart Invitational on March 6, 2006.