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Lions Win Again

Nov. 8, 2006

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Kane'ohe, O'ahu, HAWAII (Nov. 8) - The Loyola Marymount University captured their second consecutive tournament title thanks to an even-par 864 to capture the 2006 Hawaii Fall Intercollegiate at the Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon. The win comes one week after they won their first tournament of the season at the Bill Cullum Intercollegiate hosted by Cal State Northridge.

The back-to-back tournament titles is the first time the LMU men's golf program has won back-to-back championships. They have now won four tournament titles in the last two years, more than the previous 15 seasons combined.

The Lions posted a final round 290, tied for second best on the day, to finish with an 864. They coasted to the lead in the first round with a program record 280. They never looked back as they finish five strokes better than New Mexico State and West Coast Conference rival San Diego, who each finished at 869. San Diego State (879) and Louisiana Tech (880) rounded out the top-5.

Sophomore Brian Locke earned his second straight individual title and fourth of his young career with a final round of 67. He finished the tournament with a 10-under 206, tied with San Diego's Darrin Hill, who shot a 66 in the final round. Locke's final was one stroke off his program record 205.

Locke was not alone in the top-10 as junior Jason D'Amore finished in a tie for fifth with a one-under 215. He shot a 72 on the final day. Two strokes behind him in a tie for seventh was junior Josh Escobedo. He posted a final round 73 to give him a one-over 217 for the three rounds.

Sophomore Joe Stassi finished in a tie for 66th while sophomore Louie Bergna was in a tie for 77th.

This was the final tournament of the fall season for the Lions, who will play in the Arizona Invitational on Jan. 29 to start the spring season.