Sept. 14, 2006
Long Beach, CA (Sept. 14) - The Loyola Marymount University men's golf team began their first season as the West Coast Conference defending champions with a pair of 292s in the first and second rounds of the Del Walker Intercollegiate at the Virginia Country Club on Thursday afternoon.
Getting the season off to big start was sophomore Louie Bergna. The Riverside, Calif., native posted a career-best 69 in the first round and finished the day with a two-over144. It was by far the best round of the Bergna's young career as he sits in a tie for 19th entering Friday's final round. He had a stroke average just over 76 in his first season.
The Lions were one of just five teams in the 14-team field to do even or better from the first round to the second. The Lions are in a tie for 11th with UC Riverside and just seven strokes out of the top-five. The field includes nine teams who advanced to NCAA regionals a year ago.
Sophomore Brian Locke, coming off an All-America season in 2005-06, posted rounds of 75 and 73 to finish with a four-over 146. His second round featured a birdie and 15 pars. Junior Jason D'Amore posted rounds of 74 and 75 for a 149.
Junior Josh Escobedo struggled to open the tournament with a 77 but recovered five strokes in the second round with a 73.
A season after its Cinderella run to the NCAA Championships, the Lions featured a line-up with just one change from the championship season. That change was freshman Brandin Cohen, who made his collegiate debut on Thursday. It was a rough one as he posted an 83 in his first round. With the first-round jitters gone, he recovered with a 75 in the second round.
The Lions will complete the Del Walker Intercollegiate on Friday.
- GO LIONS -