March 16, 2010
PRIMM, Nev. - For the second time this spring, the Loyola men's golf team left behind the Baltimore elements and headed west. This week the Greyhounds went to the desert, playing the first two rounds of the Jackrabbit Invitational at the Primm Valley Golf Club outside of Las Vegas, finishing the first day in seventh place in a 15-team field.
The `Hounds registered a 36-hole score of 610, putting up combined scores of 301-309 (34-over). Going into the final 18 holes, Nebraska leads the pack at 5-over (581). The Cornhuskers posted the two lowest team scores in both rounds, going 286-295.
Host team South Dakota State is three strokes back of the Greyhounds at 37-over (613).
Alex Redfearn begins his final round tied for 12th at 5-over. The long-hitting junior excelled on the 7,065-yard Desert Course, firing an opening-round 72.
Starting on the back nine, Redfearn began by doubling holes 10, 11, 13 and 16. But Redfearn finished his back nicely by going birdie-birdie on his final two holes. He then birdied his third straight hole to start his front nine.
He made up for a double on hole No. 2 by closing out his opening round birdies on seven and eight and a bogey on nine, to giving him a 2-over 74.
In the second round, Redfearn followed up by going 3-over, giving him a combined 149. He fired a total of nine birdies in two rounds, the second-most in the event, and was especially strong on the eight par-5s going a combined 4-under.
Ryan McCarthy finished just two shots back from his teammate at tied for 20th at 7-over. The sophomore was one of the most consistent players in the field, making a total of 22 pars. He stayed steady for the most part, with the exception of a somewhat erratic back nine performance in the first round.
McCarthy was 1-under at the turn, but went bogey-double bogey on holes 10 and 11. He pared the next three holes before bogeying 15 and 16, and closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to finish round one with a 3-over 75.
His second-round 76 gives McCarthy a total score of 151.
While Redfearn and McCarthy fared well in the desert, the rest of the Greyhounds struggled, with Jay Mulieri, Jason Burton and Patrick McCormick finishing their first day tied for 46th, 62nd and 81st, respectively.
Mulieri opened strong shooting a first-round 75, but three doubles in the second round dropped him off the leaderboard, resulting in an 80. Mulieri will start Tuesday at 11-over (155).
Like Mulieri, Burton had a solid opening round going just 5-over, but fell apart in the second after a dismal bogey-bogey-double-bogey stretch on the back nine. Burton's second-round 82 puts him at 15-over (159) for the event.
McCormick had Loyola's highest round of the day with an 88 in the first round. He made up significant ground in the second round, shaving 10 shots off his opening score with a 78, but still finished the day at 22-over 166.
Play will resume Tuesday, with the final round on tap. Click here for live scores.