Lovemark Leads USC to Lead


NCAAALPHARETTA, Ga. ' Defending national champion Jamie Lovemark fired a 3-under-par 69 Monday, lifting Southern California into the lead after 36 holes of the United States Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia.
Matthew Giles shot even-par 72, while teammates Rory Hie and Tim Sluiter added 73s for the sixth-ranked Trojans, who posted a 1-under-par team round of 287 and took a two-shot lead over top-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide shot 1-over 289 for the round, getting a pair of 71s from Matthew Swan and Gator Todd.
The Trojans are at 5-over 581 for two rounds, while Alabama has a 36-hole total of 7-over 583. Host Georgia Tech, the nations 10th-ranked team, shot 290 Tuesday and moved into a tie for third place at 10-over 586 with fifth-ranked Oklahoma State (294 Tuesday), five shots behind the leaders.
On a course this tough, it might not spit out the best team, said USC coach Chris Zambri. But this field is chock full of great teams. I think I will take a good round. This is the first time we weve ever been paired with Alabama. Theyre really good.
Oklahoma States Trent Leon, part of a four-way tie after the opening round, assumed the individual lead after firing a second consecutive 69 and finishing 36 holes at 6-under-par 138. He has a two-stroke lead on Georgia Techs Cameron Tringale, who opened with a 69 and added a 1-under 71 Tuesday to stand at 4-under 140.
Ive been trying to get a little different mindset, said Leon, a junior attempting to win his first college tournament. My deal (lately) is just staying patient. Ive been in position to win in college numerous times. I just havent taken advantage of it. Its a good tournament. There are a lot of good teams. Anyone can win a tournament like this.
The Cowboys Rickie Fowler (70) and Georgia States Joel Sjoholm (73) are tied for third at 2-under 142, while Lovemark is in a tie for fifth place with Todd and Charlottes Corey Nagy (71) at 1-under 143.
First-round leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA shot 75 and fell back into a tie for eighth, while the Bruins, the team leader after 18 holes, fell into fifth place as a team.
Florida State is in sixth at 16-over-par, followed by Georgia State at 18-over and Texas A&M at 21-over. East Tennessee State and Georgia are in a tie for ninth at 24-over.
The Yellow Jackets moved up from seventh place with balanced scoring, including an even-par 72 from JT Griffin, a 73 from Chesson Hadley and a 74 from Taylor Hall. Leons 69 and Fowlers 70 made up for the Cowboys having to count a 77 (Kevin Tway) and a 78 (Jon McLean) on Tuesday. The Bruins had to count a 79 from Jason Kang.
Russell Henley shot 71 for the Bulldogs, who struggled as team with a 74 from Hudson Swafford, a 75 from Brian Harman and a 78 from Adam Mitchell as counting scores.
Though the start of the second round was delayed 1-1/2 hours because of frost, weather conditions were appreciably better Tuesday, with clear skies, calm winds and temperatures approaching 60 degrees.
Wednesdays final round begins at 9 a.m., and the three leading teams tee off beginning at 10:20 a.m.