Nov. 5, 2007
HAWAII - Loyola Marymount senior Jason D'Amore opened the 2007 Turtle Bay Intercollegiate hosted by Hawaii with a six-under 66 to put him in a tie for ninth after the first round on Monday at the Turtle Bay Club. Overall, the Lions sit in a tie for 10th in the loaded 21-team field.
D'Amore's opening round was two off his program-best 64. He posted a pair of 33s and is three shots behind Tennessee's Tobin Wingardth, who opened with a 63.
As for the Lions, they posted a round of 275, the best round in school history. The score of 10-under par has them 14 strokes behind leader Tennessee and in a tie for 10th with New Mexico State. The Lions are one of 1 teams ranked in the top-70 in the nation playing in the tournament. Tournament leader Tennessee is No. 25. College of Charleston is second with a 268 and is ranked 115. The rest of the top-10 at the Hawaii tournament is No. 14 Pepperdine (270), No. 49 UC Irvine (270), No. 45 UT-Arlington (270), No. 54 Saint Mary's (273), No. 50 Texas (273), No. 32 UNLV (273) and No. 47 Baylor (276). The Lions are ranked No. 62.
In addition to D'Amore, the Lions other four participants all shot under par. Bryan Martin is tied for 31st in the 115-man field with a 69. Brian Locke and John Lime are tied for 48th with scores of 70 and Greg Moss is tied for 60th with a 71.
The second round is Tuesday.