May 31, 2006
Sunriver, OR (May 31) - Chaz Inouye has saved his best for last. The four-year senior continues his stellar play for the Loyola Marymount University men's golf team as he led the Lions with a round of 73 on one the nation's toughest course in the first day of the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship at Crosswater Golf Course in Sunriver, Ore., Wednesday.
Inouye helped lead the Lions to its first-ever NCAA Championship appearance with his best three-round score of the season at the West Regional two weeks ago. He shot three straight rounds of 71 in the regional and was on pace for another 71 on the par-72 7,683-yard in Sunriver on Wednesday. Inouye went two-over par in the final four holes to finish with a 73 to open the round.
"Chaz has been playing very consistent golf for us," said Head Coach Alex Galvan. "I am so proud of Chaz and the way he has helped us get to this stage."
The Lions opened the round on the 10th tee as Inouye shot three birdies on the course's back nine, which feature the signature hole on the course. The par-5 12th hole runs 687 yards. Inouye and freshman Brian Locke were the only two Lions to par the 12th.
As for Locke, who won the West Coast Conference and finished fifth in the NCAA West Regional, shot an opening round of 74, two strokes off his season average. Locke opened the round with a one-under 35 on the back nine but doubled the par-5 second hole and bogied the par-3 eighth to finish two-over for the round.
Sophomore Jason D'Amore had a round opening nine but rallied to finish with a four-over 76. After a birdie on the 10th hole to open the round, D'Amore struggled boing five-over the next seven holes. He finished with a birdie on the 18. After bogies on the second and seventh hole, D'Amore birdied the eighth to come in at four-over.
LMU will play the afternoon tee times starting at 1:45 on Thursday.