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Lions Advance to NCAA Championship

May 20, 2006

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Tucson, AZ (May 20) - The amazing season for the Loyola Marymount men's golf team continued on Saturday as the Lions finished the NCAA West Regional with a 17-under par 847 to place in a tie for sixth among the 17-team field at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club. And they aren't done yet. With the top-10 finish, the Lions, who are in their first-ever NCAA tournament, advance to the NCAA Championship in Sunriver, Ore., May 31 - June 4.

"I still can't believe what this team has accomplished. To finish 17-under par, in the top-10 of an NCAA regional after winning the conference is amazing," said Head Coach Alex Galvan. "With that said, I am also not surprised as I have been telling this group of guys all season that they are capable of so much. They really came through."

The Lions posted a third-round 282, six-under par. It is the second lowest single round in program history, one shy of Friday's 281. In addition, the three-round total of 847 smashes the previous record of 872 they set in April at the West Coast Conference championship. The final run by the Lions completes a Cinderella run in the regional as the Lions become one of the lowest seeded teams to ever advance. LMU was the 25th seed.

Arizona and Florida both tied for first with scores at 34-under par. Arizona State and Washington tied for third at 24-under par while North Carolina State finished in fifth at 19-under to round out the top-five. Tied with the Lions in sixth was BYU. East Tennessee State (15-under), Pepperdine (14-under) and Nevada (13-under) rounded out the top-10 through the morning session. The winners of the three NCAA regionals earn a trip to the NCAA Championship.

"People asked us if we had something to prove since we were seeded so low," said Galvan. "All we wanted to do was finish in the top-10 and advance. We knew we were completely capable of doing that."

Freshman Brian Locke continued to lead the Lions, posting a three-under 69 in the final round to finish with a three-round score of 10-under par 206. After the morning round he sits in a tie for fifth place overall. Locke finished with six birdies on the day and on the first nine he finished with a 33.

Sophomore Jason D'Amore finished his three rounds with a final score of five-under 211, posting a three-under 69 on Saturday. He finished the day with four birdies and 13 pars as he sits in 29th after the morning session.

Posting the most consistent rounds of the tournament for the Lions was senior Chaz Inouye, who turned in cards of 71 all three days. He finished with a 213, his lowest three-round total of the season. He is in a tie for 39th after the morning session.

Tucson native Josh Escobedo finished the day with a 73, one-over par. He finished with a three-round total of 218. Freshman Louie Bergna posted a 238 for the tournament, shooting an 82 on Saturday.

Results are not official until the entire field in the afternoon session completes their final round around 7 p.m.

- GO LIONS -