Men's Golf Takes Pala Mesa Title

Feb. 13, 2007

Pala Mesa, Calif. - Senior captain Will Shriver shot a 73 in his final round to help Loyola claim a team championship in its first golf event of the spring. The Greyhounds, who scored rounds of 289-299-299, rallied on Day Two to capture the Pala Mesa Invitational at California's Pala Mesa Resort on Tuesday afternoon.

"Obviously, this is a great start to the spring season," says Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "We had great focus out of the winter break and I'm looking forward to see how much we can improve this spring."

Sophomore Michael Mulieri, who led Loyola with rounds of 72 and 74 on Monday, scored a 76 to close with a 54-hole score of 222. Junior Matt Bassler also posted his best round of the tournament, firing a 74 as the Greyhounds registered five scorers in the 70's for the second time in three rounds.

Junior Chris Derby and sophomore Blake Furgerson opened the tournament with rounds of 75 and closed Tuesday's action with scores of 76 and 78 respectively.

The Greyhounds entered the day one stroke back of Cal State Bakersfield and rallied for a three-stroke victory over CSBU. Host school Drake University finished fifth with a 926.

The win is Loyola's second of the season. The Greyhounds opened the fall with a team title at the Navy Invitational and also earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the fall with only one round above 300.

The `Hounds return to action on Feb. 25-26 at the Pizza Hut Invitational in Philadelphia, Miss.

Loyola Individual Scores
Michael Mulieri -- 72-74-76 = 222
Will Shriver -- 76-76-73 = 225
Chris Derby -- 75-74-76 = 225
Matt Bassler -- 78-75-74 = 227
Blake Furgerson -- 75-81-78 = 234