June 15, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. (June 15) - Freshman Brian Locke of the Loyola Marymount men's golf program has been selected to participate on the American team for the inaugural USA China Friendship Cup. The Golf Coaches Association of America announced the selection of Team USA, which will consist of eight men and four women - all true freshmen.
The first-ever Friendship Cup matches will be held July 27-29 at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. Locke is the first golfer in LMU history to play for a national team. He led the Lions in his first season at LMU to the 109th Annual NCAA Men's Golf Championship and a final standing among the top-30 in the nation.
Team USA will consist of Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M, Vanderbilt's Jacqui Concolino, Sam Cyr of Point Loma, Arizona's Ben Fox, Chris Killmer of Cal. State-Bakersfield, Kimbra Kosak of Gustavus Adolphus, Chris Moore of Allegheny, Arizona State's Jennifer Osborn, Kristi Piepenbrink of Indianapolis, Georgia Tech's Cameron Tringale and Brett Willis of Central Alabama Community College.
The American team boasts six players who earned All-America honors - Concolino (second), Killmer (second), Locke (honorable mention), Osborn (second), Piepenbrink (third) and Tringale (second). Locke (West Coast) and Piepenbrink (Great Lakes Valley) were named their conference players of the year while Locke and Tringale (ACC) claimed their conference titles. Killmer (Division II) and Moore (Division III) were named Phil Mickelson Award recipients as the nation's outstanding freshmen golfers in their division and Kosak (Division III) and Piepenbrink (Division II) were named NGCA National Freshmen of the Year.
The bi-annual Friendship Cup will be held in Beijing in the summer of 2008 just prior to the beginning of the Summer Olympics, and will return to the USA in 2010.