March 10, 2006
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Freshman Michael Mulieri captured his first career collegiate championship - winning the Fort Lauderdale Spring Classic with a two-day score of 144 at Grand Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mulieria posted a 74 on Day One and led a Greyhound rally on Day Two with a two-under par 70 to finish with medalist honors while helping Loyola finish sixth in the 10-team event.
After a sub-par performance on Day One in which the Greyhounds scored a 312 and sat in 10th place, Loyola answered with the second-best round of the day, scoring a 291 to move up four spots to sixth-place in the final team standings.
The Greyhounds were one of only three teams to shoot below 294 on a windy Day Two in South Florida. St. Bonaventure was another and because of its tournament-best round of 288, the Bonnies finished with a tournament score of 588 and a team championship.
St. Joseph's, who led after Day One, posted a 299 on Day Two and finished five strokes back of St. Bonaventure in second place. Detroit took third with its 594 while Evansville and Villanova rounded out the Top-5.
Mulieri, who finished fourth overall in Loyola's fall finale at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa., becomes the third Greyhound in to win the Ft. Lauderdale spring Classic. 2005 graduate T.J. Shuart and sophomore Chris Derby also claimed medalist honors at the same event.
Loyola, which started this spring with trips to California, Mississippi and Florida, will stay closer to home in its next tournament - playing in the William & Mary Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va. on Monday-Tuesday, March 20-21.
Ft. Lauderdale Spring Classic - Final Team Standings1. St. Bonaventure 300-288-5882. St. Joseph's 294-299-5933. Detroit 301-293-5944. Evansville 305-295-6005. Villanova 307-294-6016. Loyola College 312-291-6036. Loyola Chicago 309-294-6038. South Dakota State 305-300-6059. Youngstown State 309-309-61810. Holy Cross 309-310-619