`Hounds Hold Second After 36 Holes At Pala Mesa Golf Invitational

Feb. 12, 2007

Pala Mesa, Calif. - Loyola opened the spring portion of its golf schedule on Monday with rounds of 298 and 299 at the Pala Mesa Invitational in Pala Mesa, Calif. The Greyhounds, who opened the fall with a win at Navy, are one stroke off the pace with 18 holes left to play.

Sophomore Michael Mulieri fired an even-par 72 in his first round and a 74 in his second round to lead the Greyhounds on Day One at the 6,480-yard resort course.

Junior Chris Derby and sophomore Blake Furgerson each opened with a 75 while senior captain Will Shriver scored a 76. Shriver followed with a 76 in the afternoon while Derby posted a 74 for a Day One 149.

Junior Matt Bassler put all five Loyola scores in the 70's in the morning with his opening round of 78. He returned to post a 75 in the afternoon despite the high winds and falling temperatures.

"Today was a good start considering it's the first event of the spring," says Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "Hopefully we can put together a solid round tomorrow and leave California with a win."

Cal State Bakersfield leads the field with a two-round 596 while Western Illinois is four strokes back of Loyola at 301.

The third and final round of the Pala Mesa Invitational will tee off tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.