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Sept. 11, 2007

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Pebble Beach, CA (Sept. 11) - In three of the last five years, Loyola Marymount men's golf has produced the freshman of the year in the West Coast Conference. The Lions appear to have a front-runner for the title once again this year as freshman John Lim led the Lions to a 10th place finish at the 2007 Saint Mary's Invitational in Pebble Beach Tuesday.

Lim, a freshman from South Torrance High School, posted rounds of 72, 71 and 77 to open his college career with a 220 on the tough Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. He finishes tied for 12th as he entered the final day near the top of the leaderboard.

In the last five years, LMU has had three freshman of the year winners in the WCC. Chaz Inouye earned it in 2003, followed by Mira Costa High School's Jason D'Amore in 2005. The latest came from Brian Locke in 2006.

The South Bay connection of Locke and D'Amore were among the leaders for the Lions once again at the SMC Invite as Locke finished just a stroke behind Lim for a tie at 15th. After a first round 79, Locke rebounded with a pair of 71s in the final two rounds to move up more than 60 spots in the standings. He finished with a 221.

D'Amore was once again the Lions most consistent golfer, posting rounds of 73, 75, and 75 to finish with a 223. He was in a tie for 28th.

Rounding out the Lions five scorers were transfer Greg Moss with a 230 and walk-on sophomore Blake Nicolai with a 251. Moss finished in a tie for 57 while Nicolai was in a tie for 94th.

The Lions will have a month off before playing their next match at the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge Oct. 15-16.