Feb. 4, 2005
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The second half of the 2004-05 season for the Loyola Marymount University men's golf team will get underway when the Lions host the second annual Carson Daly Intercollegiate at Robinson Ranch Golf Course on Feb. 7-8. The Lions are co-hosting the tournament with The Masters College for the second straight year. LMU began the tournament a year ago under third-year Head Coach Alex Galvan.
The Loyola Marymount University men's golf team will host the second annual Carson Daly Intercollegiate CDI on Feb. 7-8 at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif. The Lions will co-host the event with Masters College as 12 institutions will be represented in this year's field. "We have been very fortunate to partner with Masters College and Carson Daly of NBC to put on this event for the second consecutive year," said Head Coach Alex Galvan, who started the event a year ago. "The field is much improved and we are excited to once again have a tournament to call our own." In addition to the Lions, this year's Intercollegiate will feature teams from Santa Clara, Utah Valley State, Sacramento State, Cal State Northridge, The Maters College, Grand Canyon, Notre Dame De Namur and Holy Names. UCLA, Cal Poly and Cal Lutheran will enter individuals in the event. Making up the Lions team this year in the CDI is Jason D'Amore, Chaz Inouye, Brendan von Doehren, Gregg Gauvin and making his first appearance this season is Peter Heilbron.
The tournament will be held at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course. One of California's premier golf destinations, Robinson Ranch's Mountain and Valley golf courses, nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest, offer breathtaking views of the Santa Clarita Valley. With consideration to the conservation and preservation of indigenous plant and animal life in the development and management of the property, Robinson Ranch has obtained certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary with Silver Signature Status. The Mountain Course (par-71 and 6,508 yards) was opened February of 2000 and was site of the 2002 SBC Senior Tour Qualifying Event. In addition, the course was the site of the 2001 and 2002 Cure Autism Now-ER Celebrity Golf Tournament. The Valley Course (par-72 and 6,903 yards) opened in June of 2000 and features 6 tough finishing holes appropriately named "Death Row". Site of the 2001 and 2002 Cure Autism Now-ER Celebrity Golf Tournament.
What A Debut
The true freshman Jason D'Amore from Mira Costa High School started his collegiate career with a two-under par 70 in the first round. He finished with a second round 75 and a third round 73 to place in a tie for 31st with a two-over 218. For the tournament he finished with 13 birdies. He one-upped himself with his record-setting performance at the Vandal Fall Classic just a week later. After shooting a first-round 71, D'Amore vaulted to first place after two rounds, shooting a record-tying 64 in the second round. The 64 tied Nicolas Beauvy's single round score set in 1981. D'Amore would remain in first place the entire third round thanks to his 68 to finish 10-under for the tournament. The three-round 203 shattered the school's record of 209 set by Mike Farrell in 2002. After the Lions first five tournaments, he leads the team with a 71.6 average over the course of 12 rounds of golf.
CSUN Countrywide Intercollegiate
After a frustrating first day that saw the second round called due to darkness at the Bill Cullum/Countrywide Home Loans Intercolleigate, the Loyola Marymount University men's golf team put together solid scores in the final two rounds to move up two spots in the final standings. The Lions finished in a tie for 13th after posting a final score 904. Freshman Jason D'Amore shot the highest round of his collegiate career in the first round on Monday with an 80. However, showing why he has led the Lions in every tournament this season, he bounced back to post a second round 70 and a final round 72 to move up 44 spots in the standings the final 36 holes to finish in a tie for 33rd. He finished with a three-round 222. Junior Chaz Inouye continues to improve throughout the young season with a 224 over three rounds, finishing in a tie for 42nd. His best round was in round two with a 83. Freshman Brendan von Doehren was one stroke behind Inouye with a 225, posting a 74 in round two. Rounding out the Lions scores was sophomore Jason Wilk with a 238 (t-74th) and freshman Jeremy Bovill with a 240 (78th). Playing as an individual in his first tournament as a Lion was freshman Josh Escobedo. He finished in 72nd with a 237.
Santa Clara Invitational
After the first two rounds featured just one golfer earn a round under par, the scores came back down as the Loyola Marymount University men's golf team had a pair of golfers finish in the top-15 at the 2004 Santa Clara Men's Invitational at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose on Oct. 26. Freshman Jason D'Amore earned his third consecutive top-15 finish as he made a huge charge in the final round with a two-under par 70 to finish in a tie for eighth place. He finished with a seven-over 223 in the three-round tournament. Earning his best finish of the new season was sophomore Brendan von Doehren with a 14th-place tie. He shot a one-under par 71 on Tuesday to finish with a 225 in the tournament. As a team the Lions had an impressive 294 on the round to finish in seventh place overall. Rounding out the Lions scores were junior Chaz Inouye (232, t-31st), sophomore Jason Wilk (239, t-46th) and freshman Jeremy Bovill (249, 52nd).
Missouri Bluffs Challenge
The Loyola Marymount men's golf team improved its team score in each of the three rounds at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge in St. Charles, MO, on Tuesday, as freshman Jason D'Amore took 12th place with a three-round score of 215. Making the biggest jump in the Challenge was junior Chaz Inouye, who posted a final round 72 to jump eight places on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 32nd. Inouye shot a three-round total of 221, jumping eight spots. D'Amore also posted a 72 in the final day as both he had Inouye were in the top-15 scores for the day out of the field of 75 golfers. D'Amore posted rounds of 73, 70 and 72 to finish leading the Lions as a team for the third time in as many tournaments. Inouye and D'Amore helped the Lions get better with each day as they posted a 308 in the first round, 303 in round two and a 298 on Tuesday. LMU finished 13th on the tournament. Freshman Jeremy Bovill finished with a three-round 237 to place in a tie for 66th. Rounding out the Lions scores were sophomores Brendan von Doehren with a 238 and Jason Wilk with a 252.
Playing in just his second collegiate tournament, LMU freshman Jason D'Amore shot a 10-under 203 to win the 2004 Vandal Fall Classic on Monday afternoon in Moscow, ID. As a team, the Lions posted the second best score in the final round to move up three spots to finish fourth overall. D'Amore shot rounds of 71, 64 and 68 on the par-71 course to post a two-stroke win in the field of 59 golfers at the Vandal Classic. His 54-hole total of 203 is the best in school history, shattering the old record of 209 set by Mike Farrell on March 4, 2002. D'Amore tied the school record for a single round score of 64 in round two on Sunday. In the final round the Lions finished with a team score of 284, trailing only host Idaho on the day. The score helped the Lions move from seventh to fourth overall in the nine-team tournament. D'Amore's win is the first individual title since Mike Farrell won the Cal State San Marcos Invitational on March 4, 2002 and is just the sixth since 1990. Helping the Lions move up in the standings was junior Chaz Inouye and junior Dean Delaye, both posting a tournament best 71 in the final round. Delaye and sophomore Brendan von Doehren each finished in a tie for 24th with three-round totals of 219. Inouye finished in a tie for 30th with a score of 221. Rounding out the Lions' scoring was sophomore Jason Wilk in 53rd with a 228.
The Loyola Marymount University men's golf team began the 2004-05 season with play in the UCLA Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase held Sept. 17-18 at the PGA Southern California Golf Club. The Lions earned an impressive showing from freshman Jason D'Amore in his debut at LMU, finishing 31st out of 175 golfers. LMU finished the tournament in 25th place overall as host UCLA earned the win. Junior Chaz Inouye, who has led the Lions in low average each of the last two years, finished with a 234, hitting a 75 in round one and round three. Rounding out the scores for the Lions was Brendan von Doehren with a 240, shooting a two-over 74 in round one, with a 78 in round two and an 88 in the final round. Freshman Jeremy Bovill shot a 244 and fellow freshman Gregg Gauvin hit a 261.
Sophomore Chaz Inouye of the Loyola Marymount University men's golf team set history with his eighth place finish in the 2004 West Coast Conference Championships at Riverbend Golf Club in Madera, Calif. The Wailuku, Hi, native became the first Lion to earn All-WCC honors in back-to-back seasons. Inouye, who finished third in his first season in 2003 to earn WCC Freshman of the Year honors, finished 2004's final round with a 76 to earn a three-round total of 219. He finished alone in eighth place and became the first LMU player in program history to have two top-10 finishes in the WCC Championship, both coming in back-to-back seasons. The top-10 finish allowed Inouye to earn WCC All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. On the season Inouye finished leading the Lions with a round average of 75.19, a half stroke higher than his average as a freshman.
Loyola Marymount athletics placed five student-athletes on the West Coast Conference's Spring All-Academic team, the conference announced. Golf's Chaz Inouye, men's tennis' Carlos Malet, and Naomi Hoogestefer, Caitlin McClain, and Erin Ludwig of women's crew all earned the academic all-conference honor. This season, Inouye became the first LMU golfer to twice finish in the top 10 at the WCC Championships and the first to earn back-to-back All-WCC recognition. The sophomore, who was the 2003 WCC Freshman Golfer of the Year, holds a 3.37 cumulative grade point average in communication studies.
In the Pros
Former golfer and 1997 graduate of Loyola Marymount University Scott Heyn qualified for the PGA Tour's Nissan Open, which opened play Feb. 18 at the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif. Heyn played for the Lions' golf team from 1995-97 and had an impressive career. He was the first LMU player to earn all-conference honors in the West Coast Conference. He finished his senior season with a fourth place finish in the WCC Championships. In his career at LMU, Heyn led the Lions for low score in six tournaments, including his best three-round finish of 217 at the Santa Clara Invitational on Nov. 19, 1996. He finished in fifth place out of 44 golfers with a score of one-over par.
Alex Galvan became just the second head coach of the Loyola Marymount University men's golf team in the history of the program when he was hired in 2002. In two seasons with the program, Galvan has led the team to a pair of fifth place finishes in the West Coast Conference Championships. In the process, however, he has built a team with its best recruitting classes. For the first time in program history the team had a WCC Freshman of the Year in 2003 when Chaz Inouye took third in the WCCs a year ago. Galvan then helped Inouye earn All-WCC honorable mention honors in 2004, the first time a player has earned back-to-back WCC honors in program history.