March 22, 2011
Williamsburg, Va. - Junior Patrick McCormick finished in a tie for 13th in the individual standings with an even-par 144 after shooting a second-day 73 and the Loyola golf team placed solo 13th among the 24 teams that wrapped play Tuesday at the C&F Bank Invitational at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.
James Madison University won the 36-hole event, finishing eight strokes clear of second-place Radford with a four-under 572. The Dukes' Ryan Vince shot two-under 70 on the final day to get to three-under par and then captured a three-man playoff with teammate Chris Wellde - the first-day leader - and Delaware's Justin Martinson on the third extra hole.
McCormick was the low scorer for the Greyhounds on both days after he tied for team-honors following the first 18 holes with a 71. He ended up one shot out of a tie for fourth-place overall. Senior Alex Redfearn finished the event 71-77-148 to sit in a tie for 30th and sophomore Jonathan Ross improved on his second round by two strokes, completing the event with a 76-74-150 to tie for 45th. Loyola's scoring was rounded out by sophomore Jason Burton, whose second-day score of 77 was three shots better than his first 18 holes and put him in a tie for 85th at 13-over par. The final member of the Greyhounds quintet was freshman Andrew McGill who ended up 83-78-161 (+17) to place 106th.
Loyola (599) placed five spots ahead of MAAC rivals Canisius and Fairfield, each finishing tied for 18th at 617. Niagara landed in 23rd spot with a 651.
"This was a step in the right direction for the rest of the spring," Greyhounds first-year coach Chris Baloga said in summary. "I'm happy with the way we played, but we didn't get the result we deserved based on the way we played. We are right there and very close to being a good team."
The Greyhounds have a quick turnaround as they open play Saturday in the 54-hole Fireline Towson University Invitational being held at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville this weekend. The event is scheduled for 36 holes on Day One with 18 holes on Sunday.