March 12, 2006
The past two tournament's for the Loyola Marymount men's golf team have shown they are one of the up and coming programs in the West Coast Conference. The Lions will get another good test to see how far they are climbing when they head to the 2006 Callaway Golf Invitational hosted by San Diego on March 13-14 at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
The 2006 Callaway Golf Invitational presented by The Farms Golf Club features a 15-team field who will tee off beginning on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start. Thirty-six holes will be scheduled for Monday, with the final 18 holes slated for Tuesday morning beginning at 7:30 am. LMU will be joined by host San Diego, Cal, Colorado State, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Saint Mary's, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and Utah. Making the trip to this week's tournament will be Jason D'Amore, Chaz Inouye, Brian Lock, Brendan von Doehren and Louie Bergna, who earned his spot for this week's tournament with a 70 during a qualfier.
The Farms Golf Club is located in Rancho Santa Fe and is one of the top courses in San Diego. The par-72 layout plays to 6,911 yards with a 73.9 rating and 143 slope. The Farms Golf Club was originally built in 1988 by Pete Dye and later remodeled in 2000 by the team of John Fought and Tom Lehman. The private facility is located in the ruggedly beautiful terrain of Rancho Santa Fe, one of San Diego's most prestigious communities.
On a Roll
Sophomore Jason D'Amore has finished with back-to-back top-10 finishes to start the 2006 spring season, including a second place finish at the Carson Daly Intercollegiate and a ninth place spot at the Braveheart Invitational last week. At the CDI he posted a three-round score of two-over par (218) and then a four-over par 220 at the Braveheart Classic. It is his eighth and ninth 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 73.1, matching his career average in more than two seasons at LMU. The performance so far this season has picked up where he left off as a freshman. 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 including a win at the 2004 Vandal Fall Classic. He shot a record-tying 64 in the second round. 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.
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. Locke tied a course record and tied an LMU program single round record with his opening round 64. 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. In the four events he has played, Locke leads the Lions with six rounds under par (tied with D'Amore) 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 third on the squad with a 75.6 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. He had his best tournament of the season at the Braveheart with a 221, tied for 17th out of 106.