March 30, 2007
Arroyo Grande, CA (March 30) - For the fifth time in his young career, Loyola Marymount sophomore Brian Locke won an individual championship, this time posting a seven-under 209 to win the 2007 Cuesta Title/Cal Poly Intercollegiate at Cypress Ridge Golf Course on Friday. Locke led the Lions to a second place finish among 18 teams with a 15-over par 879.
The Lions posted a final round 295 to finish 13 strokes behind host and tournament winner Cal Poly. LMU was four strokes better than third-place Cal State Bakersfield and finished ahead of West Coast Conference rivals Gonzaga (+38), Portland (+40) and San Francisco (+48). The Lions and the rest of the WCC will compete in the conference championships on April 16-17.
Locke was the only golfer in the final round to post a round under 70, shooting a 69 in the final 18 to win the title by three strokes. He entered the day tied with Geoff Gonzalez, who finished fourth and two-under.
The success for Locke came on the par-5 holes as he finished eight-under par for the tournament, hitting a pair of eagles in the process. Locke was also tied for second among the 98 golfers in the tournament with 13 birdies. It was Locke's third win of the season and sixth top-five finish. He now has five tournament wins and 11 top-5 finishes to his resume.
Junior Jason D'Amore and sophomore Louie Bergna game the Lions three players in the top-20 as they finished 13th and 14th, respectively. D'Amore posted a final round of 74 to finish with a three-round total of 219 (+3). It is D'Amore's 22nd top-20 finish in his career.
As for Bergna, he posted a final round 73 to finish with a 220 (+4) in the tournament. The final tally is Bergna's second best score of his career at LMU and his first top-20 finish in is career.
Freshman Blake Nicolai finished fourth for the Lions' scorers, posted a final round 79 for a 231 (+15) and good for a tie at 60th place. Junior Josh Escobedo finished with a 240 (+24) and in a tie for 85th.
Also playing for the Lions as individuals sophomore Joe Stassi and freshman Brandin Cohen. Stassi posted a final round of 77 good for a three-round total 230 (+14). He placed in a tie for 57th. Cohen finished with a 246 (+30) and in a tie for 92nd.