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Golf Heads to Arroyo Grande

March 22, 2006

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Loyola Marymount men's golf will head to the 2006 Cuesta Title Men's Intercollegiate hosted by Cal Poly in a rare Thursday-Friday swing on March 23-24 at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif. It is one of two final tune-ups for the Lions before heading to the West Coast Conference Championships on April 17-18. Following the Cal Poly tournament, the Lions will return home for a special event on Sunday, March 16. The Lions will dedicate its new practice facility, the Thomas Higgins, S.J., Short Game Center.

Fidelity Intercollegiate
The 2006 Cuesta Title Men's Intercollegiate will be played at the 6,803 yard, par-72 Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Cypress Ridge is a Peter Jacobsen Signature course and has been certified as a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, a not-for-profit environmental organization which focuses on sustainable development. Making the trip on the five-man roster which counts in the overall team score will be sophomore Jason D'Amore, freshman Louie Bergna, freshman Brian Locke, junior Brendan von Doehren and sophomore Josh Escobedo. Playing as an individual will be senior Chaz Inouye.

Short Game Center
Thanks to private donations to Loyola Marymount University Athletics and the men's golf team, a new LMU golf practice facility was completed in October of 2005 and will be officially dedicated this Sunday, March 26 in a special ceremony. The state-of-the-art Thomas Higgins, S.J., Short Game Center is the first of its kind in the West Coast Conference and it includes a putting green, two bunkers and a driving cage. The facility is named in honor for Higgins, who was a the head coach of the golf program for 30 years.

On a Roll
Sophomore Jason D'Amore has finished with three straight top-10 finishes to start the 2006 spring season, including the second tournament win of his career at the 2006 Callaway Golf Invitational on March 14. He posted a seven-under par 209 to beat the field of 84 by five strokes, shooting a 66 in the first round to set the pace. The first place standing adds to the second place finish at the Carson Daly Intercollegiate and a ninth place spot at the Braveheart Invitational to start the spring. 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. He now has 10 top-10 finishes in his career. D'Amore is currently second on the team with a stroke average of 72.6, lowering his average more than two storkes the last three matches. He was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year a year ago 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. Locke leads the Lions with a 72.5 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 76.1 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.