The Loop

USC's Glissmeyer breaks Bel-Air course record

February 29, 2008

It's my continued belief that we're on the verge of seeing a men's college golfer shoot a 59 in competition in the near future. Washington senior Zach Bixler nearly did it with his NCAA-record tying 60 at the Meadow Club during the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in October. And if anybody is looking for another sign that we're close, consider that USC junior Tom Glissmeyer (right) set the course record at Bel-Air CC yesterday by shooting a nine-under 61 in the third and final round of team qualifying for next week's USC Collegiate Invitational. The Trojans host the tournament at North Ranch CC in Westlake Village, Calif., March 3-5.

The 21-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo., native, who some will remember played in the 2003 U.S. Open as a high schooler, shot an front-nine 28 and needed only 20 putts for the entire round. "He barely slipped in," joked USC coach Chris Zambri, regarding Glissmeyer making the starting five that will compete for USC in the tournament.

"It was an unbelievable short-game performance on the front, and he played well on the back," Zambri noted. "It was just an incredible round."