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GOLFWEEK: Lions Season Ranks Among Most Memorable

July 6, 2006

Story from Golfweek.com.
Compiled by Lance Ringler and Ron Balicki

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6. Loyola Marymount advancing to NCAAs

Since the men's golf program began in 1970, Loyola Marymount had never won a West Coast Conference title, let alone earn an invitation to the NCAA regionals. That all changed this season as the Lions became college golf's Cinderella team.

The Lions won their first WCC crown to earn a spot in the West Regional and then sent out shock waves when they fired a 17-under-par 847 and tied for sixth, becoming what many believe to be the lowest-seeded team ever to qualify for the NCAA finals.

Loyola Marymount was the No. 25 seed among the 27 teams in the West regional in Tucson, Ariz., and was No. 116 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings at the time.

"This is absolutely huge, not only for our program, but for our school," said fourth-year coach Alex Galvan following his team's advancement. "This is the most surreal experience of my life. I'm just so proud of our players."

And, even though the Lions finished 30th in the 30-team NCAA finals field and missed the 54-hole cut, it could not take away from the most magical season in school history.

- GO LIONS -