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Golf to Swing Up North

Sept. 23, 2006

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The Loyola Marymount University men's golf team will participate in its second tournament of the 2006-07 season when they head up to the Pacific Northwest for the 2006 NW Opus Husky Invitational at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash. The Lions will be one of nine squads in the three-round, 54-hole tournament. Follow the action live through www.LMULions.com as live stats will be available.

The Husky Invitational
The format is a two-day, 54-hole 5 man event counting the low 4. The tournament will be played at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn. The course has been host to the 2002 Women's NCAA Championship, the 2003 Men's NCAA West Regional, and the 2006 Women's NCAA West Regional. The field for the tournament will include California-Berkeley, UC Davis, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, Washington State and host Washington. There will be live scoring for the event which will be posted on golfstat.com. Scorekeepers will be placed behind the green on holes 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18. Scoreboards will be placed between holes 4 and 7, behind the 14th green, and behind the 18th green. The Lions will tee-off on Monday in the first round at 8:18 a.m. and then in the second round, if there are no delays, at 1:28 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Loyola Marymount University men's golf team finished the 2006 Del Walker Intercollegiate in 12th place after a final round of 295 at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, Calif., on Friday. The Lions finished with a three-round total of 879. The Lions were led by sophomores Brian Locke and Louie Bergna with three-round totals of 218. It was the best 54-hole tournament in the young career of Bergna. After rounds of 69 and 75 on Thursday, the Riverside native posted a 74 to finish in a tie for 26th in the 74-man field. Locke posted an opening round of 74 but finished with a pair of rounds at par. LMU finished two strokes better than Pacific as fellow West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's claimed the tournament title with a three-round 856. Rounding out the Lions' scoring was Josh Escobedo with an eight-over par 221, Jason D'Amore with a 10-over 223 and LMU newcomer Brandin Cohen with a 233.

Individual Classic
Sophomore Brian Locke continues to add to his young resume as the 2006 All-American has been invited to play in the 32nd annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 19-21. The event is an invitational for the previous season's All-Americans. Locke became the first All-American for LMU men's golf in 2006 as he earned honorable mention honors. He is one of 34 collegiate golfers to earn invitations to the annual event. The event begins on Nov. 19 with the practice round, putting contest and drive competition. The actual tournament will take place Nov. 20-21. The tournament is operated by the Sun Bowl Corporation, who organizes the annual Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

After leading the Lions to their first ever NCAA Men's Golf National Championship appearance, Brian Locke was named Honorable Mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Locke becomes the first-ever men's golfer to earn All-America honors. He led the team with a stroke average of 72, earning many more firsts on the way. In April he helped the Lions win their first ever West Coast Conference Championship, hitting a final score of six-under par to earn individual title honors. It was the first time a Lion has won the WCC Championships. He also was named the WCC's Player of the Year, the first Lion to do so, and was the third Lion in four years to earn WCC Freshman of the Year. Later that month he became the first golfer to earn LMU Athlete of the Year and LMU Freshman of the Year honors at the annual end-of-year awards banquet. He wasn't finished. He went on to lead the Lions to three of its best rounds in school history as a team to claim a tie for sixth place at the NCAA West Regional. Locke finished fifth at 10-under par as the Lions' earned a trip to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships.

NCAA Championships
By virtue of their top-10 finish at the NCAA West Regional, the Lions were one of 30 teams to advance to th109th annual NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. The championships were held May 31-June 3 at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The Lions finished the first three round with a team score of 915 and did not make the 15-team cut to play in the final day. LMU wraps up the season 30th in the nation.

West Regional
The Lions finished the NCAA West Regional with a 17-under par 847 to place in a tie for sixth among the 17-team field at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club. The Lions posted a third-round 282, six-under par. It was the second lowest single round in program history, one shy of Friday's 281. In addition, the three-round total of 847 smashes the previous record of 872 they set in April at the West Coast Conference championship. The final run by the Lions completed a Cinderella run in the regional as the Lions become one of the lowest seeded teams to ever advance. LMU was the 25th seed. Brian Locke continued to lead the Lions, posting a three-under 69 in the final round to finish with a three-round score of 10-under par 206. In his first regional, the Los Angeles native finished in a four-way tie for fifth place overall. Jason D'Amore finished his three rounds with a final score of five-under 211. Posting the most consistent rounds of the tournament for the Lions was senior Chaz Inouye, who turned in cards of 71 all three days. He finished with a 213, his lowest three-round total of the season. He finishes the Regional in a tie for 38th. Tucson native Josh Escobedo finished the day with a 73, one-over par. He finished with a three-round total of 218. Freshman Louie Bergna posted a 238 for the tournament, shooting an 82 on Saturday.

The WCC Championships
The Loyola Marymount University men's golf team won the program's first-ever West Coast Conference Championship on April 18 at Saddlecreek Golf Course in Copperopolis, Calif. The Lions finished with a three-round 872, five-strokes better than second place San Francisco to take home the WCC crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. LMU freshman Brian Locke finished the three-round tournament with a six-under 210 to win the WCC individual title. LMU finished with three players in the top five as sophomores Jason D'Amore and Josh Escobedo finished in a tie for fourth with three-round scores of 219.

The Head Coach
It is only fitting that a life-long Lion would bring LMU its first golf championship. Alex Galvan was hired in the summer of 2002 as the head coach of the men's golf program at Loyola Marymount University, becoming just the second head coach of the program in 32 years. Rounding the end of his fourth year at the helm of the program, the list of accomplishments is beginning to add up: WCC Co-Coach of the Year (2006), WCC Champions (2006), six All-WCC selections, three WCC Freshman of the Year (2003, 2005, 2006), Low Three-Round Record (872), four single-round records of 64, and a brand new on campus practice facility, the Thomas Higgins, SJ, Short Game Center. Galvan, a 1982 graduate of Loyola Marymount and a four-year letterwinner for the men's golf program, was a volunteer assistant with the Lions in 2001-02 and became the first full-time coach of the men's golf team in LMU history. Galvan, who was team captain in 1982, comes to LMU from El Cabellero Club where he was an assistant golf professional.