Oct. 24, 2006
San Jose, CA (Oct. 23) - After two rounds of the Santa Clara Invitational, Loyola Marymount's junior Jason D'Amore shot a six-under 138 to lead the 17-team field at Silver Creek Valley Country Club on Monday. With one round to play, the Lions sit in third place as a team with a 583.
The Lions posted rounds of 294 and 289 to sit three strokes behind San Francisco for second and six behind leaders British Columbia. The story of the morning was some higher than expected scores. Sunday's practice round came amidst sunny skies and temperatures above 80 degrees, and the Monday morning fog and cooler temperatures made for unpredictable green speeds. Tough pin placements made things even more difficult, but by the afternoon, conditions had returned to expectations, as was demonstrated by significantly lower second round scores.
The hardest holes proved to be par-three's - the 195-yard fourth, the 237-yard 12th, and the 184-yard 15th - on which nearly 40% of players were unable to save par. For the first two rounds, not a single school had performed better than +6 on the four par-three holes, though most made up for it on the par-five holes, where ten schools managed to finish the day below par.
D'Amore seemed to not mind the conditions as he started the day with a 70 and then in the second round took a two-shot lead with a 68. He leads Jason King of UCLA by two strokes.
In the top five D'Amore is joined by teammate Brian Locke who is tied for fourth with a 142. He posted rounds of 70 and 72.
The final round will begin Tuesday at 8 a.m.