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Loaded Braveheart Classic Good Test for Lions

March 5, 2006

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Briefly
The Loyola Marymount men's golf team posted their first tournament win since 2000 as they claimed the title at their own Carson Daly Intercollegiate to open the Spring campaign. The Lions hope to keep it going when they travel to the Braveheart Classic held at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif., March 6-7, 2006.

Braveheart
The Braveheart Classic is hosted by UC Riverside and features an impressive 20-team field, including the host Highlanders, Pennsylvania, Utah, Utah State, Jacksonville, Boise State, Idaho State, Cal Poly, Southern Utah, Weber State, Gonzaga, Pacific, Santa Clara, UCLA, San Diego, Portland, Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara, Sacramento State and the Lions. The Lions are coming off a one stroke victory over fellow West Coast Conference foe San Francisco and will continue to make head way in the conference as they head toward the WCC Championships in April as five WCC schools will play in the Braveheart Classic. Making the trip for the Lions will be sophomore Jason D'Amore, sohomore Josh Escobedo, senior Chaz Inouye, freshman Louie Bergna and freshman Brian Locke.

The Course
Oak Valley Golf Club is outside the San Gorgornio and San Jacinto mountain ranges. Oak Valley possesses memorable vistas with natural rolling terrain, picturesque elevation changes and fantastic shot values. As host to a variety of events ranging from local clubs to being a host for the PGA Tour Stage Two Qualifying Tournament, this par 72 Landmark Signature Design is filled with challenges to test players of all skill levels. Multiple teeing grounds that stretch the course from 5350 to 7003 yards, well-manicured bunkers, native grass areas and a touch of water provide stunning highlights to its beauty and splendor.

On a Roll
Sophomore Jason D'Amore finished the 2006 Carson Daly Intercollegiate in second place with a three-round score of two-over par, posting a 218. It is his eighth top-10 finish of his young career, his fourth top-5 finish and his first top-5 of this season. D'Amore is currently second on the team with a stroke average of 73.0, matching his career average in more than two seasons at LMU. The performance iso far this season has picked up where he left off as a freshm. He was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, the second Lion in three seasons to earn the honor. The Mira Costa High School graduate was also named first-team All-WCC. It was a season to remember for D'Amore as he led the Lions in 10 of 11 tournaments they played in this season. At the 2004 Vandal Fall Classic he won the tournament and shot a record-tying 64 in the second round. The 64 tied Nicholas Beauvy's single round score set in 1981. He finished with a 10-under par 203 and shattered the school record for three rounds set by Mike Farrell in 2002 with a 209. D'Amore finished with more rounds under 70 as a freshman than any golfer in LMU history, doing it while playing in every event on the season. The All-WCC honor was the fifth by a Lion as D'Amore joins Scott Heyn (1997), Matt Heyn (2000) and Chaz Inouye (2003, 2004). Inouye was the other Lion to earn Freshman of the Year honors in 2003.

More First-Year Success
Thanks to 17 birdies in the first round of the 2005 Santa Clara Invitational, Loyola Marymount University men's golfer Brian Locke took home the individual title, posting a final round 73 to finish at a 11-under par for the tournament. The Lions finished the 13-team field in third place with an overall score of 876. The Lions finished with a final round of 299 to take third, trailing host Santa Clara by five strokes and tournament winner Boise State by nine strokes. The Lions finished a head of fellow West Coast Conference foes Saint Mary's (877) and San Francisco (892). Locke tied a course record and tied an LMU program single round record with his opening round 64, finished with a 205. His 64 equaled the mark held by teammate Jason D'Amore and Nicolas Beauvy (1981). His total score of 205 is the second-best 54-hole total in program history, just two strokes behind D'Amore's 203 set a year ago. The 205 at Santa Clara capped an impressive start to Locke's collegiate career. In the three events he played, Locke led the Lions in all three. He posted a 222 to place 11th in his first tournament at the Fairway Club Invitational on Sept. 12-13. He then finished in a tie for second with an even-par 213 at the Boise State Bronco Invitational on Oct. 10-11. He leads the team with four rounds under par and a 71.1 average.

Starting it All
Senior Chaz Inouye, the first recruit by Head Coach Alex Galvan, started all the success for freshman by the Lions. He was the first Lion to be named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year thanks to his program-best third place finish at the WCC Championships, shooting a three-round 215. He became only the second Lion in program history to post two top-10 finishes at the WCC Championships, taking eighth with a 219 as a sophomore. Only Mike Stiefel (1984, 85) had done it before. Inouye, a senior for the Lions who is fourth on the squad with a 75.9 average, is a two-time All-WCC selection, earning first-team honors in 2003 and honorable mention honors in 2004. He is the only Lion to have two all-conference honors in his career.

Carson Daly
In the only tournament of the month of February, sophomore Josh Escobedo's personal best third place finish in the 2006 Carson Daly Intercollegiate help the Lions to the tournament championship, the programs first tournament win since 2000. Escobedo earned his first top-5 finish of his career with a three-over par 219. He ranked third among the 59 golfers on the par-3 holes, going two-under par for the tournament. He also ranked sixth on the par-4 holes, averaging 4.13 throughout the tournament. He earned nine birdies during the three rounds, tied for fourth among the field.

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