June 2, 2006
Sunriver, OR (June 2) - The best season in school history came to a close on Friday night for the Loyola Marymount mem's golf team as they finished the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Crosswater Golf Course in Sunriver, Ore, with a final round 303. The Lions finish the season as one of the top-30 teams in the nation as their magical season and the career of four-year senior Chaz Inouye comes to a tearful close.
Establishing a level of success for the Lions, Inouye was the first player in LMU history to earn West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors as he placed third in the 2003 WCC Championship. Three years later he led the Lions to its first ever WCC Championship, a top-10 finish in the NCAA West Regional and trip to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.
"One of the best moments I can remember from Chaz was his final round at the WCC Championship his freshman year," said Head Coach Alex Galvan, whose first year was also in 2003. "His performance in the West Regional was also something I will remember for ever." Inouye finished with a three-under par at the regional, hitting 71 all three days.
Inouye finished his final round on Friday with an 80, posting a three-round score of 18-over par. He walked off the 18th green with tears in his eyes and a hug from his mother, who had made the trip from South Carolina.
"It started to hit me on the 16th hole that I was wrapping up my career," said Inouye. "This experience is something I will never forget."
Inouye leaves the Lions in good shape as the future is bright with a young returning squad. A pair of freshman led the Lions on Friday. Brian Locke, the latest of three LMU freshman of the year selections, finished the final round even par, going 4-over on the tournament, good for a tie at 63rd among the 156 players.
Fellow freshman Louie Bergna had his best round of the tournament with a 74. He carded a two-under front nine as he posts his best round since the first round of the WCC Championships. Bergna finished with a tournament score of 19-over par.
Rounding out the scores for the Lions was sophomore Josh Escobedo with an 18-over par. He posted a final round score of 77. Sophomore Jason D'Amore finished the day at 12-over par, going 21-over on the tournament.
The Lions finished 30th out of the 30 teams who advanced to the NCAA Championships. The top-15 teams in the field advanced to Saturday's final round.