Rancho Santa Fe’s Jamie Lovemark Victorious in Mexico

Jamie Lovemark
Jamie Lovemark believes that winning on the PGA Tour last year might have been too
much, too soon.
Instead, his playoff victory over B.J. Staten in the Mexico Open Bicentary at El Bosque
Golf Club in Leon, Mexico, on the Nationwide Tour is part of the process that will make
him better prepared when he becomes a member of the big circuit next season.
“On Friday night, I started thinking about what might have been,” said Lovemark, who
would have gotten a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour by winning the Frys.com
Open, which he lost in a playoff to Troy Matteson.
“Obviously it would have been nice to win the Frys.com Open, but I’m not sure I’d be
the player I am today. Losing that playoff motivated me to get better. It was for the best,
because now I am going to be on the PGA Tour next year with a better swing and more
experience.
“This is the second-best tour in the world and there’s no substitute for playing at this
level of competition.”
Lovemark, who captured the 2007 NCAA individual championship as a freshman at
USC, posted a score of 65-71-72-68–276, 12-under par, to catch Staten, who wound up
at 66-69-72-69–276.
In the playoff, Lovemark hit his approach shot on the 567-yard, par-five 18th hole
to within three feet and made eagle, while Staten hit his approach into a hazard and
scrambled for a par.
“It was definitely the best shot I’ve hot in a really long time,” said Lovemark, who is a
neighbor of Phil Mickelson’s in Rancho Santa Fe. “My caddy and I figured the ball would
go 12 percent farther due to elevation and another eight percent because of adrenaline.
“I hit a perfect six-iron from 235 yards. I think it was half luck, half skill.”
Efren Serna Jr. of Leon finished third at 70-74-64-69–277, followed by Jose
Rodriguez, also a local, at 74-64-72-68–278.
Kevin Chappell of Clovis and UCLA, the 2008 NCAA champion, shot 71-71-74-65–
281 and tied for ninth with Nate Smith of Soquel and Duke, who wound up at 73-73-65-
70–281, and Jeff Brehaut of Los Altos and University of the Pacific, who finished at 72-
66-70-73–281.
J. J. Killeen of San Diego and Texas Christian totaled 72-67-70-73–282 and tied for
14th with Peter Tomasulo of Long Beach and Cal, who came in at 64-71-72-75–282.
James Hahn of Cal and South Korea tied for 19th at 72-69-73-70–284, Daniel
Summerhays of BYU and Farmington, Utah, tied for 30th at 74-70-71-72–287, and
Nathan Tyler of the University of Arizona and Tucson, Ariz., tied for 36th at 77-69-71-
71–288
Michael Putnam of Pepperdine and University Place, Wash., shot 73-72-71-74–290 to
tie for 44th with Troy Kelly of the University of Washington and Tacoma, Wash., who
finished at 73-73-67-77–290, Steve Holmes of Simi Valley and UC Irvine, who wound
up at 68-78-67-77–290, and Brendan Steele of Idyllwild and UC Riverside, who totaled
75-71-66-78–290.
Todd Demsey of Torrey Pines and Arizona State tied for 56th at 74-69-78-72–293 and
Alan Morin of San Diego and Ferris State finished at 68-76-75-75–294, to tie for 61st
with Dustin White of Washington State and West Pueblo, Colo., who wound up at 72-
73-72-77–294, and Brett Lederer of Long Beach and Long Beach State, who came in at
72-74-71-77–294.
Brian Vranesh of Northridge and College of the Canyons tied for 68th at 73-73-77-73–
296.
Lovemark, with his fifth top-five finish of the season, earned $108,000 from 10th
to second on the Nationwide Tour money list with $246,351, virtually guaranteeing
that he will finish in the top 25 and earn his PGA Tour card for next season.
“I haven’t won since 2007, so I can’t tell you how special it is for me to win out here,”
said the 22-year-old, who did not make it to the final state of PGA Tour Qualifying
School last year.
This could mean his school days are over.

Mexico Open
June 24-27 at the
El Bosque Country Club in Leon, Mexico
par-72, 6,810-yards
1. x-Jamie Lovemark ……………. 65-71-72-68–276
2. B.J. Staten ……………………… 66-69-72-69–276
3. Efren Serna Jr. ………………… 70-74-64-69–277
4. Jose Rodriguez ……………….. 74-64-72-68–278
5. Frank Lickliter II ……………….. 72-68-72-67–279
5. Hunter Haas …………………… 68-69-75-67–279
5. Colt Knost ………………………. 69-70-72-68–279
8. Tag Ridings …………………….. 72-69-69-70–280
9. Kevin Chappell ………………… 71-71-74-65–281
9. Fabian Gomez ………………… 70-70-72-69–281
9. Nate Smith …………………….. 73-73-65-70–281
9. Madalitso Muthiya …………… 68-68-72-73–281
9. Jeff Brehaut …………………… 72-66-70-73–281
14. Andrew Svoboda …………… 71-71-75-65–282
14. J.J. Killeen …………………….. 72-67-70-73–282
14. Peter Tomasulo …………….. 64-71-72-75–282
17. Scott Gardiner ………………. 69-71-73-70–283
17. Brady Schnell ………………… 73-69-68-73–283
19. James Hahn ………………….. 72-69-73-70–284
19. Kevin Kisner ………………….. 79-66-69-70–284
19. Emmett Turner ……………… 71-69-72-72–284
19. Kyle Stanley ………………….. 71-70-70-73–284
19. Doug LaBelle II ………………. 71-66-71-76–284
24. Mark Anderson ……………… 69-73-74-69–285
24. Kyle Thompson ……………… 74-70-71-70–285
24. Paul Claxton ………………….. 68-70-75-72–285
24. Peter Gustafsson …………… 74-70-67-74–285
28. Jon Mills ………………………. 71-73-70-72–286
28. D.J. Brigman ………………….. 66-72-72-76–286
30. Nick Beach ……………………. 74-70-73-70–287
30. David Robinson ……………… 76-69-72-70–287
30. Daniel Summerhays ……….. 74-70-71-72–287
30. Won Joon Lee ……………….. 75-70-70-72–287
30. Keegan Bradley ……………… 70-73-70-74–287
30. Hugo Leon ……………………. 68-70-71-78–287
36. Oscar Serna ………………….. 73-72-74-69–288
36. Nathan Tyler …………………. 77-69-71-71–288
36. Garrett Osborn ……………… 74-70-70-74–288
36. Bronson Burgoon …………… 71-73-69-75–288
40. Brad Elder …………………….. 76-70-71-72–289
40. Camilo Benedetti …………… 75-69-71-74–289
40. Jose Trauwitz ………………… 72-72-71-74–289
40. Jhonattan Vegas ……………. 73-72-70-74–289
44. Sal Spallone ………………….. 67-78-74-71–290
44. Justin Hicks …………………… 72-72-74-72–290
44. Bob Heintz ……………………. 76-69-72-73–290
44. Michael Putnam …………….. 73-72-71-74–290
44. David Hearn ………………….. 71-74-70-75–290
44. Troy Kelly ……………………… 73-73-67-77–290
44. Steve Holmes ……………….. 68-78-67-77–290
44. Brendan Steele ……………… 75-71-66-78–290
52. Andrew Buckle ……………… 71-73-76-72–292
52. Bubba Dickerson ……………. 70-71-77-74–292
52. Esteban Toledo ……………… 71-70-77-74–292
52. Scott Sterling ………………… 72-72-73-75–292
56. Todd Demsey ……………….. 74-69-78-72–293
56. Ben Bates …………………….. 77-69-74-73–293
56. Ryan Hietala ………………….. 73-73-73-74–293
56. Julio Zapata …………………… 72-73-74-74–293
56. Robert Gwin …………………. 71-73-73-76–293
61. Bobby MacWhinnie ………… 73-71-78-72–294
61. Alan Morin ……………………. 68-76-75-75–294
61. Dustin White …………………. 72-73-72-77–294
61. Brett Lederer ………………… 72-74-71-77–294
65. Miguel Angel Carballo …….. 76-70-75-74–295
65. Chris Kamin …………………… 69-72-76-78–295
65. Bryan DeCorso ………………. 73-71-73-78–295
68. Brian Vranesh ……………….. 73-73-77-73–296
68. Keven Fortin-Simard ………. 73-73-75-75–296
68. Efren Serna …………………… 79-67-75-75–296
71. Paulo Pinto …………………… 75-71-77-74–297
71. David Morland IV …………… 71-75-73-78–297
73. Rodolfo Cazaubon , ………… 74-69-79-76?298
74. Mauricio Molina …………….. 75-71-77-76–299
MISSED THE CUT. ………………..
75. Ted Potter Jr. ………………… 69-78–147
75. Chris Nallen ………………….. 68-79–147
75. Eric Axley ……………………… 72-75–147
75. Scott Stallings ………………… 73-74–147
75. David McKenzie …………….. 75-72–147
75. Matthew Borchert …………. 72-75–147
75. Trevor Murphy ……………… 73-74–147
75. Steve Pate ……………………. 71-76–147
75. Ryan Armour ………………… 69-78–147
75. Jesse Hutchins ………………. 70-77–147
75. Zack Miller ……………………. 75-72–147
75. Erik Compton ………………… 73-74–147
87. Andrew Dresser …………….. 74-74–148
87. Justin Peters …………………. 76-72–148
87. Paul Gow ……………………… 75-73–148
87. Nick Malinowski …………….. 73-75–148
87. Jose Octavio Gonzalez …….. 73-75–148
87. Aaron Watkins ………………. 74-74–148
87. Chris Mundorf ………………. 75-73–148
87. Todd Fischer …………………. 73-75–148
87. Andre Stolz …………………… 78-70–148
96. Len Mattiace …………………. 77-72–149
96. Ty Harris ………………………. 76-73–149
96. Antonio Serna ……………….. 77-72–149
96. Brice Garnett ………………… 76-73–149
96. Steven Alker …………………. 73-76–149
96. Scott Brown ………………….. 77-72–149
96. Ken Duke ……………………… 77-72–149
96. Federico Garcia ……………… 77-72–149
96. Chad Ginn …………………….. 74-75–149
96. Tim Wilkinson ……………….. 71-78–149
106. Bret Guetz ………………….. 79-71–150
106. Jim McGovern ……………… 74-76–150
106. Juan Salazar ………………… 75-75–150
106. Tyler Aldridge ………………. 77-73–150
106. Blaine Peffley ………………. 75-75–150
106. Joe Affrunti …………………. 80-70–150
112. Carlos Ortiz …………………. 74-77–151
112. Diego Vanegas …………….. 80-71–151
112. Chris Sessler ………………… 74-77–151
112. Brian Duncan ……………….. 69-82–151
112. Steven Bowditch ………….. 72-79–151
117. Kyle Reifers …………………. 78-74–152
117. Dan Buchner ……………….. 76-76–152
117. Rafael Gomez ……………… 78-74–152
117. Jay McLuen …………………. 79-73–152
117. Patrick Sheehan …………… 78-74–152
122. Michael Sims ……………….. 75-78–153
122. Stephen Poole …………….. 77-76–153
122. Antonio Maldonado ……… 79-74–153
122. John Douma ………………… 76-77–153
122. Bradley Iles …………………. 77-76–153
122. Leif Olson ……………………. 76-77–153
122. Alejandro Quiroz ………….. 78-75–153
129. Jamie Arnold ……………….. 76-78–154
129. Mauricio Azcue ……………. 82-72–154
129. Alex Hamilton ……………… 81-73–154
129. Justin Smith ………………… 79-75–154
133. Phil Tataurangi …………….. 83-72–155
133. Alistair Presnell ……………. 74-81–155
133. Jorge Hughes ………………. 82-73–155
133. Travis Bertoni ………………. 77-78–155
133. Chris Parra ………………….. 80-75–155
138. Ray Beaufils ………………… 78-78–156
139. Armando Favela …………… 81-76–157
139. Jarett Hamamoto …………. 75-82–157
139. Keoke Cotner ………………. 78-79–157
139. Daniel Barbetti …………….. 74-83–157
139. Eraclio Bermudez …………. 77-80–157
144. Oscar Fraustro ……………… 77-83–160
144. Tyrone van Aswegen …….. 79-81–160

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