GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Loyola University Maryland golf team opened the spring portion of its season by shooting a 6-over 294 through the first round of the Loyola Golf Invitational sponsored by the Neville Kovacs Group on Sunday at the Palm Valley Golf Course to sit in fifth place heading into the second round.
Sophomore Will Wears, competing as an individual, finished tied for 78th with a 7-over 79.
Utah Valley leads the team race with an 8-under 280, while Missouri is second at 3-under 285, DePaul is third with a 2-over 290 and Connecticut is fourth at 3-over 291.
Individually, Missouri's Luigi Botta and Utah Valley's J.T. Timmons lead the way with a pair of 5-under 67s. UMKC's Jack Hermeston rounds out the top three with a 4-under 68.
Loyola will return to the course Monday morning for an 11:10 a.m. ET tee time.