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Golfers Begin Play At Cal's Alister MacKenzie Invitational Monday

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The Loyola University Maryland golf team is making its firstappearance on the West Coast since 2010, as the Greyhounds begin competition atCal’s Alister MacKenzie Invitational at Meadow Club in Fairfax, California,this morning.  

Meadow Club is the first golf course in North America thatwas designed by legendary course architect Alister MacKenzie, a British golfcourse architect who designed Augusta National and Cypress Point.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting back into tournamentgolf, as it has been about a month since our last event at Duke,” head coach ChrisBaloga said. “The team, as a whole, has been playing very well recently and ourscores in qualifying rounds have been some of the best that we have ever had.

“This tournament specifically is one that we have hadcircled on our calendars for a long time, as some of the guys had never been toCalifornia. We are also looking forward to playing a new course and facing manyopponents that we don’t usually see on the West Coast.”

The Greyhounds opened the season on September 10-11 at Duke’sRod Myers Invitational, but their second tournament, Wake Forest’s PrimlandIntercollegiate, was cancelled due to fog.

This weekend’s lineup will feature seniors Connor Flach andEthan Wall, in addition to juniors Brendan Peel, Jeremy Wall and BennettWisner. 

The 15-team tournament field will be comprised of ArizonaState, BYU, California, Fresno State, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State,Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, St. Mary’s, USF,Washington and Loyola.

Following the two-day tournament, Loyola will travel to Elonfor the Phoenix Invitational Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17-18.