Allan Henry-USA TODAY SportsTrailing hot-shot rookie Chasson Hadley by two strokes on moving day, USC Men’s Golf alum Jamie Lovemark put on a show for the ages Sunday to capture the Midwest Classic Presented by Cadillac.
The Trojans prolific golf sensation shot a five-under in the final round, overtaking Hadley and surviving a late run from the rest of the field, finishing at 18-under for the weekend. An award that brought shockwaves to the Trojans Golf community following a fantastic finish.
Following the victory, Lovemark lands a tremendous $108,000 share ($600,000 purse) in one of the marquee tournaments this weekend with the British Open dominating the golf landscape across the pond in Scotland. This effort was almost not possible, without an 11th-place finish in last years event allowing him to even qualify.
Sitting outside the top-five heading down the stretch, the 25-year old landed birdies on three of the final six holes, winning his first championship as a professional golfer. This season has been full of ups and downs for Lovemark, who has missed seven cuts in 13 tournaments coming into this weekend.
“It’s a very deep tradition. It’s a great spot, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Lovemark said about his career with USC in one of his final events in Southern California back in 2007. “The preparation we did in college was great for the beginning of my PGA Tour.”
Beginning his professional career back in 2006, Lovemark truly crashed the PGA scene with a 39th place finish at the Buick Invitational along with a 45th-place finish at the AT&T National during his collegiate career with USC back in 2007.
As part of an outstanding career with the Trojans, Lovemark turned in perhaps the most successful season in men’s golf history as a freshman, capped by winning USC’s fourth national championship.
Following the freshman season, Lovemark earned the Arnold Palmer (National Championship Medalist), Jack Nicklaus (National Player of the Year) and Phil Mickelson (Nation’s Outstanding Freshman) Awards.
In his sophomore campaign with USC, the champion became only USC’s eighth two-time All-American first teamer, while being selected to the GCAA PING All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 first teams.
In the process of his final outstanding season, Lovemark posted a team-high-tying seven top 10 finishes. Following another tremendous season for the USC Men’s Golf program Lovemark left for the professional ranks, foregoing his final year of eligibility after finishing 24th in the final Pac-10 Championships.
The Trojan Golf community embraced his accomplishments, and hope all the best in his young professional career. Expect Lovemark to continue to bring in tremendous purses following back-to-back top-ten finishes.