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A Golden Opportunity

April 17, 2006

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Copperopolis, CA (April 17) - After successful tryouts in the Fall of 2004, sophomore Josh Escobedo found himself with a walkon spot to the Loyola Marymount men's golf program. It has proven to be a good thing for the Lions as he has made the most of his opportunity. He has led the Lions to first place at the 2006 West Coast Conference Championships after two rounds on Monday.

Escobedo's 69 in the second round on Monday was the lowest on the day by the field of 40 golfers and it helped the Lions post a second round low of 290 to move into the top spot heading into Tuesday's final round at Saddlecreek Golf Course. The Lions hold a three-stroke lead with a 585. Santa Clara is in second with a 588.

Rounding out the team scores was San Francisco in third with a 590, Portland in fourth at 600, Saint Mary's in fifth with a 602, Pepperdine in sixth at 603, San Diego in seventh at 613 and Gonzaga in eighth with a 614.

A total of three Lions find themselves in the top five. Escobedo finished the day with a 145, good for a tie for third place. In a tie for fifth place are freshman Brian Locke and sophomore Jason D'Amore with a 146. Locke posted consistent rounds of 73 while D'Amore shot a 72 in the opening round and then a 74 in the second round.

Rounding out the Lions five scores are freshman Louie Bergna and senior Chaz Inouye, both posting 152 for a tie for 21st. Bergna posted rounds of 74 and 78 while Inouye posted just the opposite for identical scores.

With one round of play remaining, the Lions are looking for their best finish in program history. The previous best came in 1976 when they finished third with an 822 in 45 holes. The Lions are on pace to set their all-time low score for 54 holes, which they set with a 886 in 2003.

Follow the final round with live scoring on LMULions.com.