USC Wins Collegiate Masters Team Title


NCAAALPHARETTA, Ga. ' Sixth-ranked Southern California shot 5-under-par as a team Wednesday to pull away from the field and capture the team title, while Oklahoma States Trent Leon shot a 2-under 70 to take the individual medal at third annual United States Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia.
The Trojans sailed to their second tournament win this year on the strength of three subpar scores in the final round Wednesday. Their 1-over tournament total of 865 was three shots better than No. 5 Oklahoma State.
Jamie Lovemark, a sophomore who won last years NCAA individual crown, matched the tournament record Wednesday by firing a 6-under-par 66 and tied for second individually at 7-under-par 209. He had six birdies and no bogeys in his round, while teammates Gavin Reid and Rory Hie posted a 70 and 71, respectively.
This is a phenomenal win against a great field, and we didnt back into it at all, said USC coach Chris Zambri, Hopefully, this lets these guys know they can play to the highest level. I know (Tech head coach Bruce Hepplers) vision was to have the premier event in college golf, and I think hes done that.
Leon, junior, captured his first collegiate win with a 54-hole score of 8-under-par 208. His teammate Rickie Fowler, with a final-round 67 tied Lovemark for second place and helped the Cowboys finish second as a team, three strokes back.
Aside from the nationals and the conference, this is the best tournament you can win, said Leon, who earned the victory with three steady rounds (69-69-70). I pretty much told myself, Ive been in this position too many times and messed it up.
Alabama finished third at 8-over 872, led by the nations top-ranked player in Michael Thompson, who shot 73 Wednesday and finished the tournament 1-over 217. Host Georgia Tech was unable to make up ground on the lead Wednesday, holding onto its fourth place standing with a 1-over-par round of 289. The 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets finished the tournament at 11-over-par 875.
Florida State shot 3-under 285 Wednesday and finished fifth at 13-over-par, followed by Texas A&M (17-over). First-round leader UCLA faded to seventh at the finish (18-over), while Georgia State was eighth (19-over) and No. 2 Georgia placed ninth (22-over).
Individually, Georgia States Joel Sjoholm finished fourth at 6-under 210 after posting a 68 on Wednesday. Georgia Techs Cameron Tringale, who shot 73 Wednesday, finished fifth at 3-under 213, his third top-10 finish in four spring tournaments. Texas A&M teammates Nacho Elvira and Matt Van Zandt tied for sixth at 1-under 215, while Thompson and Charlottes Corey Nagy tied for eighth at 1-over 217.
The tournament, played at the 7,017-yard, par 72 Lakeside Course, finished in the best weather conditions of the week, calm winds and temperatures approaching 70 degrees. Heppler, watching a field that included nine of the nations top 11 teams this week, lays claim to hosting the nations best regular-season event.
Its not even close. Were getting a lot of people out here to watch, said Heppler. The way everything is done here, from the rules, to pace of play, under five hours on a hard golf course, there is just no way to do it any better than they do it here. I love this course, and I love this club. Its a big part of our program, and Im glad everybody else can see it.