March 4, 2004
Coral Springs, Fla. - Junior T.J. Shuart and freshman Will Shriver lead the field and Loyola after Day One at the Fort Lauderdale Spring Classic. The Greyhounds hold a 15-stroke lead after 18 holes and have four of the top five scores heading into Friday's final round.
Showing no signs of rust from the winter break, Shuart and Shriver each posted first-round tallies of 71. Senior Jim O'Brien shot a 72 and stands in second place while senior Scott Zielinski is two strokes off the lead with an 18-hole score of 73. Tommy Villani rounds out the Greyhound scoring with his 78.
"We had a very good team effort today," says Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "I'm extremely pleased with the start of the spring season and I look forward to some more good scores tomorrow."
The 'Hounds registered a team total of 287 while second-place Nova Southeastern University shot a 302. Both Siena and Villanova finished with team scores of 310, Gonzaga fired a 320 and Loyola-Chicago shot a 335.
Loyola will go for back-to-back team titles with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start on Friday. The Greyhounds closed out the fall with a team championship at the John McDonald Invitational in Atlantic City, N.J.