June 2, 2006
SUNRIVER, Ore. - Senior Alex Coe fired a 1-under par 71 and Pepperdine posted an 8-over par 296 on Friday as the Waves concluded play at the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships tied for 22nd with a 22-over par total of 886 at the par-72, 7,630-yard Crosswater Golf Club at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Meanwhile, the Loyola Marymount Lions closed out the most successful season in program history with a final round 303 to finish in 30th place.
Pepperdine's 54-hole total was 12 shots behind Brigham Young, which won a playoff with Coastal Carolina, to make the cut as the 30-team field was sliced to the Top 15 for Saturday's final round.
Establishing a level of success for the Lions, Inouye was the first player in LMU history to earn West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors as he placed third in the 2003 WCC Championship. Three years later he led the Lions to its first ever WCC Championship, a top-10 finish in the NCAA West Regional and trip to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.
"One of the best moments I can remember from Chaz was his final round at the WCC Championship his freshman year," said Head Coach Alex Galvan, whose first year was also in 2003. "His performance in the West Regional was also something I will remember for ever." Inouye finished with a three-under par at the regional, hitting 71 all three days.
Inouye finished his final round on Friday with an 80, posting a three-round score of 18-over par. He walked off the 18th green with tears in his eyes and a hug from his mother, who had made the trip from South Carolina.
"It started to hit me on the 16th hole that I was wrapping up my career," said Inouye. "This experience is something I will never forget."
Inouye leaves the Lions in good shape as the future is bright with a young returning squad. A pair of freshman led the Lions on Friday. Brian Locke, the latest of three LMU freshman of the year selections, finished the final round even par, going 4-over on the tournament, good for a tie at 63rd among the 156 players.
Fellow freshman Louie Bergna had his best round of the tournament with a 74. He carded a two-under front nine as he posts his best round since the first round of the WCC Championships. Bergna finished with a tournament score of 19-over par.
Rounding out the scores for the Lions was sophomore Josh Escobedo with an 18-over par. He posted a final round score of 77. Sophomore Jason D'Amore finished the day at 12-over par, going 21-over on the tournament.
The Washington Huskies maintained a three-stoke lead at minus-7 and are one of only four teams that remain under par after a soggy third round. Oklahoma State, tied for second place with Wake Forest and Arizona State at 4 under, made a big jump, led by tournament leader Jonathan Moore, a redshirt freshman.
Moore fired a 3-under 69 on the par-72 course, giving him a 9-under 207 for the tournament. Despite a consistent downpour and windy conditions, Moore carded a 33 on the front nine on Friday. He had five birdies on the day, with his only blemish being a double bogey on the par-5, 687-yard 12th.
Washington, who led by three strokes after the second round, combined for a 5-over 294 and sits at 857 for the tournament, just ahead of the Cowboys, Demon Deacons and Sun Devils at 860.
Minnesota and Lamar are tied for fifth with a three-day total of 865 (+1). The Gophers combined to shoot a 287 (+4) on Thursday, while the Cardinals were 2 over par (292).