April 5, 2006
Los Angeles, CA (Apr. 5) -- Loyola Marymount men's golf sophomore Jason D'Amore has been named the West Coast Conference Golfer of the Month for March thanks to his impressive play in three tournaments. D'Amore becomes the first Lion in recorded history of the program to win WCC Golfer of the Month honors.
The reigning Freshman of the Year in the WCC had a breakout March, winning the second tournament of his career and lowering his season average by an entire stroke in the month. He started the month with a ninth place finish out of 106 golfers at the Braveheart Classic, hitting rounds of 72, 72 and 76 for a four-over 220.
He then won his second tournament of his career thanks in large part to an opening round of 66 at the 2006 Callaway Golf Invitational against 84 other golfers. He finished with rounds of 72 and 71 for a final seven-under 209. He finished the month with a three-over 219, hitting a 69 in the opening round to place 20th out of 79. He averaged a 72 on the month and is second on the team with a 72.7 average.
D'Amore now leads the team with seven top-20 finishes, and five top-10 finishes. For his career D'Amore has claimed 14 top-20 finishes and 11 top-10.
He and the rest of the Lions will play in the Saint Mary's/Merrill Lynch Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, CA on Monday and Tuesday, April 10-11. The tournament, which is being played at the home of the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), will be 54 holes, 36 on the first day and 18 on day two.Invitational was played at the Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton, CA.
In addition to LMU, the tournament field will include West Coast Conference rivals host Saint Mary's, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Portland, and San Francisco. The remainder of the 19-team field includes four programs from the Big West (CSU Northridge, Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Riverside), three teams from the Western Athletic Conference (Fresno State, Boise State, and Idaho), and two from the Big Sky (Sacramento State and Weber State), Atlantic 10 (Saint Joseph's and Xavier), and Southland (UT-Arlington and Lamar) conferences.