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Locke Leads USC Invite

March 5, 2007

Westlake Village, CA (March 5) - In just a little under two years of collegiate golf, Loyola Marymount sophomore Brian Locke is beginning to show he excels against top competition. He showed that in the first two rounds of the USC Collegiate Invitational on Monday at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, posting a two-round total of six-under par to sit a top the leader board.

Locke shot rounds of 69 and 67 to card a 136, tied with Jamie Lovemark of USC for the lead among the 84-man field. The tournament is loaded, featuring 16 players among the nation's top-100 and nine teams of the 15-team field ranked in the top 45 nationally.

With Locke leading the way, the Lions as a team are in 10th place with a two-round score of 591, just six strokes out of fifth place. The Lions trail Oklahoma by a stroke, No. 44 Pepperdine by two strokes, No. 35 TCU by three, No. 16 BYU by five and Cal by six. LMU leads Oregon State by one stroke, No. 6 Coastal Carolina by two strokes and No. 43 Texas Tech by four.

For Locke, he started the day on No. 14 with a double bogey. He responded with three birdies in his next four holes. A pair of bogey holes on No. 3 and No. 6 brought him back to even but on eight he hit an eagle on the par-5 and played even the rest of the way to finish with a 69 on the par-71 course.

In the second round, he was nearly flawless, posting birdies on five, eight, 12 and 15, the last three all play par-5. He posted a 67 in the final round of the day and will play with the leaders in the final round on Tuesday.

Rounding out the Lion scores was junior Jason D'Amore with a 10-over par. He and freshman Blake Nicolai are tied for 55th with the two-round scores of 152. Josh Escobedo is in a tie for 65 with a 154. Louie Bergna is tied for 74th with a 158.

For complete scores, and live scoring of the final round, go to Golf Stat .