The Loyola Marymount men’s golf team traveled to Layton, Utah, for the Purple and Red Invitational where they finished ninth out of 16 teams.

After finishing day one in seventh-place, the Lions fell two spots, but only finished three strokes behind eighth-place Cal Poly. Sacramento State won the tournament, and Washington State, Portland and Weber State rounded out the top four. Washington State was favored to win coming into the tournament, but was edged by Sacramento State by one point.

The Lions’ top performer was freshman Tyler Torano, who finished in sixth-place overall. This was Torano’s first top 10 finish in college to date, and he completed the tournament at three under par. In addition, junior Jake Sarnoff finished in a tie for 34th place, sophomore Bryan Bergna finished in a tie for 41st, senior John Lim finished in 72nd and sophomore Boris Stantchev finished in a tie for 83rd.

Coming off an eighth-place finish at the 2010 WCC Men’s Golf Championship, the Lions are looking to improve on conference play. They will get the chance when the WCC Championship return on April 17 and 18.

The golf team will return on Oct. 25 and 26 for the Saint Mary’s Invitational in Seaside, Calif.

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