Men's Golf Finishes Second at Spring Classic

March 8, 2008

DAVIE, Fla. - The Loyola men's golf team battled diverse weather conditions and finished with two round of 288, placing second at the Fort Lauderdale Spring Classic.

The Greyhounds completed both rounds with the same score and had a total of 576 strokes at the event. The University of Detroit won the classic with a two-round total of 567.

First-day competition was suspended on Thursday due to thunderstorms, so players finished that round on Friday morning and immediately followed with their final 18 holes.

"I was proud of our team because of the diverse and changing weather that we played in," Head Coach Tom Beidleman said. "We played in rain, wind and saw the golf course change its form on multiple occasions. Detroit played a great two rounds of golf, and they deserve the victory."

Chris Derby shot 70-71 to lead the Greyhounds with a two-day total of 141. Michael Mulieri was one shot back after firing a two-round total of 142 (74-68).

Alex Redfearn shot 71-73 to finish at 144, while Matt Bassler rounded out Loyola's scoring at 149 (73-76). Keith Hall shot 154 (76-78).

The Greyhounds, which were in third place after the third round, beat two teams in a tie for third place by seven strokes. Nova Southeastern University and Florida Atlantic each shot 583, while St. Joseph's was a distant fifth at 616. Holy Cross placed sixth at 623.

Loyola returns to action on March 17-18 when they travel to Patterson, California, for the Diablo Grande Invitational.