Oct. 15, 2007
Simi Valley, CA (Oct. 14) - A year ago the Loyola Marymount men's golf team won their first of two tournaments at the Bill Cullum Invitational. They seem to enjoy the Wood Ranch Golf Course in Simi Valley as they opened the 2007 version in second place after the first two rounds on Monday.
The Lions were one of the most consistent teams on the course in round one on the par-72, 6,761-yard course. Four Lions find themselves in the top-25, including junior transfer Bryan Martin, who led LMU with an even-par 144 in his first tournament as a Lions. He sits in a tie for ninth.
LMU posted rounds of 296 and 289 for a two-round total of 585 heading into Tuesday's final round. The Lions are 11 strokes behind tournament leader UC Santa Barbara, who posted a 574. Sitting in third is fellow West Coast Conference foe Portland with a 589. Rounding out the top five is Sacramento State (590) and Southern Utah (592).
Martin's day started with a 71, tied with junior Brian Locke's second round 71 for LMU's low round on the day. The All-American Locke opened with a 75 and is in a tie for 13th with a 146. Freshman John Lim continues to impressive in his first collegiate campaign, shooting rounds of 75 and 72 for a 147, good for a tie at 17th.
Senior Jason D'Amore is in a tie for 21st with round of 75 and 73. Junior Greg Moss is in a tie for 68th after his rounds of 84 and 75. Sophomore Blake Nicolai, who is playing as an individual, is also tied for 68th at 159.
LMU led the entire field of 15 on the par-four holes, averaging a 4.06 after two rounds. They were also third on the course with 33 birdies. D'Amore finished the first two rounds with 26 pars, tied for second overall while Martin and Locke were in the top-five with nine birdies each. Locke's three-under on the par-four holes was tied for second as well.