Feb. 16, 2009
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - The Loyola College golf team stands in ninth place after playing two rounds on Monday at the Jacksonville University Invitational in its spring season opener. The conditions were not ideal to kick off the year, with strong gusts of wind and cool temperatures throughout the day at the challenging 6,838-yard, par-72 TPC Sawgrass Valley Course. Senior Mike Mulieri led the way for Loyola with a 159 (81-78) to finish tied for 30th place in individual play.
The Greyhound are 68-over through 36 holes and are a stroke up on 10th-place USC Upstate. Only three players in the entire field are at even-par, and no one is under par. Loyola shot rounds of 321 and 323 over the 36 holes.
"We got off to a horrible start and never regained our composure, which disappoints me," Head Coach Tom Beidleman said . "Granted, it's the first day of the first event of the spring, but it was for everyone else as well."
Freshman Jay Mulieri stands two strokes back of his brother, Mike, at 17-over (82-79), while freshman Ryan McCarthy and junior Alex Redfearn both shot 162 over the two rounds (McCarthy: 77, 85; Redfearn: 81, 81). Freshman Patrick McCormick withdrew during the first round, but shot a 15-over 87 on his second round.
LaMar University leads the ten-team field at 15-over, with Stetson University (21-over) in second and University of Kentucky and host Jacksonville University tied for third (23-over).
Loyola returns to action tomorrow morning in the final 18 holes with McCormick taking the tee first at 8:55 a.m. and Mike Mulieri finishing out at 9:35 a.m.To follow live scoring of the tournament log onto golfstat.com and for a full tournament recap ,please log onto loyolagreyhounds.com .