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Coach and LMU Hall-of-Famer Jason D'Amore previews the upcoming spring competition and what to expect from his Lions.
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D'Amore saw improvement across the board in his second season leading the Lions. Eight different golfers put together low rounds of 70 or better throughout the season, including six players with lows ranging from 65 to 69. D'Amore coached LMU to 10 individual top-10 finishes, seven individual top-5 finishes, and one tournament title. For the second-straight season, four different players earned at least one top-10 finish. As a four-player team, LMU's best finish was at the 2017 Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational (Oct. 14-15, 2017) where the Lions posted an 8-under 294-279-283--856 to place second. LMU also finished under par as a team at the Geiberger Invitational (Apr. 9-10, 2018) with a 6-under 289-280-289--858 to give the Lions third in the tournament... Coached junior Riley Elmes to the 25th individual win in program history at the 2017 Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational (Oct. 14-15, 2017), where Elmes shot 69-65-70--204 to finish at 12-under. Elmes shot a career-best 71.33, and second-lowest in program history over the course of the season, earned his second consecutive All-WCC First Team recognitions, and became the seventh Lion to earn an individual postseason berth. At the WCC Championships (Apr. 16-18, 2018), Elmes tied for fifth at 4-under with a 71-67-74--212, then followed that with a 3-under 72-69-72--213 at the NCAA Pacific Regional (May 14-16, 2018).
In his first season coaching for his alma mater, D'Amore led the Lions to a sixth place finish in the WCC Championships. LMU (281-286-283--850) placed second overall at the Cougar Classic with a 14-under performance. Blake Meek became the 24th men's golfer in program history to earn a share or better of the top finish after finishing first at the Cougar Classic (71-68-70--209). Sophomore Riley Elmes lowered his stoke average to 71.72 and finished in the top-five of tournaments four times this year. His stroke average is second all time in LMU's program records and he earned on the All-WCC First Team.
"I can't think of anything better than to be a golf coach at my alma mater," said D'Amore. "This is an excellent opportunity to give back to the school that gave me so much. I can't think of anything more rewarding than to give back to the young student-athletes the insights and lessons I learned thanks to my experience and education at LMU."
D'Amore led the charge in taking the LMU golf program to not only its first West Coast Conference Championship in 2006, but led them all the way to the NCAA Championships. In doing so, he is the only golfer in school history to claim first-team All-WCC honors in each of his four seasons, and just the sixth student-athlete in LMU history to accomplish the feat.
"I am very excited to announce Jason D'Amore is returning to LMU as Head Coach of our men's golf program." said Husak. "He was a key piece to our most successful teams in program history and he used that experience to play professionally while also gaining valuable experience as a professional in the business world thanks to his degree he earned at LMU. Jason possesses A great vision for the program, a desire to be successful and a steadiness in setting a goal and persevering toward it. Being an LMU grad, he understands what we hope to accomplish on the course, in the classroom and in developing and shaping our athletes for life."
Graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 2008, D'Amore played professionally in the Canadian Tour in 2009 and 2010. He then left the tour and was a National Speaker/Education Coordinator for Investor's Business Daily from 2011-15. With Investor's Business Daily he gave presentations on how to invest, helping the company to advance it's customer support structure.
D'Amore also earned his real estate license after graduation and has been serving as an real estate agent the last 18 months.
"The business experience I have gained, gives me a more broad perspective on life and how golf works into that. As a young man on a collegiate team, it is very hard to take a step back with things and look at the bigger picture. You are in the moment, in the grind of playing and going to school and just trying to get things done. I struggled with that when I played," said D'Amore. "It is easy to get lost and not stay focused on the bigger picture. I think my experience in walking that, wanting to give those lessons back to them and help the next generation of students is why I am excited to be a coach at LMU.
"This is a dream come true. I can't think of anything better than to come back to the University that gave me so much. I hope to add to the tradition I helped build as a player. It is an honor."
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At LMU...2006-07... was named first-team All-WCC for the third straight season after placing second in the WCC Championships to teammate Brian Locke... he posted a one-over 217... finished the season with 11 round under par, including a season team low of 66 hit during the first round of the USF Triumph (3/12/07)... had a 73.4 average on the season while playing 33 rounds... he had seven finishes in the top-20, with four of them in the top-10 and three of those in the top-five...
2005-06... was named first-team All-WCC for the second consecutive season, the first player in LMU history to do so... placed in a tie for fourth at the WCC Championship (219)... led the Lions in five tournaments... had nine top-20 finishes and six top-10 finishes... won second tournament of career with a seven-under 209, including a program record 29 on the front nine of his opening round of the Callaway Golf Invitational (3-14-06)... he finished the round with a 66... had 14 rounds under par on the season... finished second at the Carson Daly Intercollegiate (2-28-06)... finished NCAA West Regional with a 211, going five-under to place in a tie for 29th... shot a second round 68 and a third round 69...finished with a 73.2 average over 38 rounds...
2004-05... he was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All-WCC...led the Lions in 10 of 11 tournaments they played in this season... his first-ever collegiate tournament saw him shoot a two-under par 70 at the Gold Rush PGA (Sept. 17), finishing 30th out of 175 golfers... posted a record-setting performance at the Vandal Fall Classic just one week later... after shooting a first-round 71, D'Amore vaulted into first place after two rounds, shooting a record-tying 64 in the second round... the 64 tied Nicholas Beauvy's single round score set in 1981... remained in first place the entire third round thanks to his 68 in the final round... finished with a 10-under par 203 and shattered the school record for three rounds set by Mike Farrell in 2002 with a 209... finished the season with more rounds under 70 (5) as a freshman than any golfer in LMU history, doing it while playing in every event on the season... claimed six top-10 finishes on the year... in addition to his tournament win at the Vandal, he took eighth at the Santa Clara Invitational, sixth at the Carson Daly Intercollegiate, tied for fourth at the Braveheart Classic, tied for ninth at the Anteater Invitational and fourth at the Fidelity Intercollegiate... finished his first season with an average of 73.0...
High School... a 2004 graduate of Mira Coast High School with a 3.21 GPA... considered by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best golfers to come out of the Bay League... shot a school- and league-tournament record seven-under-par 65 at Griffith Park's Wilson Golf Course to finish with a school-record 10-under 134 and clinch medalist honors in the Bay League tournament as a senior, winning the tournament twice... qualified for the Southern Section Northern Regional tournament as a senior, winning the tournament as a junior... shot a three-under 68 in 2003 at the Sterling Hills Golf Club in Camarillo... selected the team's most valuable golfer all four years by Coach Bob Timberlake... averaged 35 strokes in nine-hole competitions as a senior....
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