News & ToursJuly 24, 2009

Jamie Lovemark isn't flinching in pro debut

Jamie Lovemark's resume portends stardom in golf, and he quickly is providing a glimpse of potential so apparent that at 21 he already is an IMG client with a Nike contract.

Lovemark is making his PGA Tour debut at the RBC Canadian Open this week and after a nondescript opening round of two-over par 74, birdied five holes in his opening nine of the second round on Friday, shot a 30 and was at three-under par and tied for 46th when play was suspended.

Lovemark was a two-time first-team All-American at USC and decided to pass on his senior year to turn pro. His junior year was marred by injuries, but prior to that, his credentials were impeccable:

  • In 2005, at 17, he won the Western Amateur.

  • In 2007, as a USC freshaman, he won the NCAA Individual championship, surprisingly, the first to do so in the history of USC golf, a school that has produced Al Geiberger, Dave Stockton, Craig Stadler and Scott Simpson, among others.

  • In 2007, he also finished second in a Nationwide Tour event, losing in a playoff to Chris Riley in the Rochester Area Charities Showdown at Somerby presented by Think.

When discussions turn to great young players, it might be prudent at least to include Lovemark in the conversation.

-- John Strege

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