April 16, 2007
Lompac, CA (April 16) - Loyola Marymount's junior Jason D'Amore shot rounds of 73 and 71 to post an even par 144 after the first two rounds of the West Coast Conference Championships at La Purisima Golf Course on Monday to place him in a tie for first place. The Lions sit in fourth place entering into Tuesday's final round.
The defending champs opened the day with a 307 in the first round at the par-72 La Purisima. It was the third highest round on the day. But they responded with the best round of the day, hitting a 293 to move within eight strokes of first place Saint Mary's.
The Lions carded a two-round 600 and are five strokes behind both Pepperdine and San Francisco. Individually, D'Amore is in a tie with Eric Shriver of Pepperdine for the lead. The pair are trailed by a four-some at two-over for two rounds.
Within that foursome is the defending individual champion Brian Locke. The freshman, who was the Player of the Year in the WCC a year ago, completed the Lions one-two punch at the top of the leaderboard thanks to his second round 69, the best round by any player on the day.
Of the 36 holes on the day, D'Amore was a picture of consistency, hitting par on 30 of the holes with three birdies and three bogies. As for Locke, he struggled on the opening 18, hitting seven bogies with two birdies. He then went one-over on the front nine to open the second round before exploding for five birdies on the back nine.
Sophomore Louie Bergna continues the best play of his career, sitting in a tie for 14th after rounds of 78 and 73. He carded a 151. Freshman Blake Nicolai is in 35th with a 159 and Josh Escobedo is 39th with a 169.
The third and final round begins at 7:30 a.m.