April 14, 2004
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Competing in its final round before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships, Loyola's golf team recorded the fifth best score of the day on Tuesday afternoon to take 18th place at the nationally renowned Wyoming Cowboy Classic, which was played on the par-70, 7,133-yard layout at Talking Stick-North Golf Club.
The Greyhounds came out on fire in Round Three as they posted a five-over, 285 to make up serious ground on the star-studded field and finish at plus-46, 886 for the tournament, just one shot out of 17th place.
After falling behind with scores of 302 and 299 in Rounds One and Two, respectively, Loyola dropped itself out of title contention, but the solid final round performance will serve as a great confidence-booster heading to MAAC's.
Junior T.J. Shuart, who finished in a tie for 33rd in recording the 12th best score of the tournament, led Loyola's final round charge with his impressive two-under, 68 to finish with a three-day total of plus-six, 216. Loyola's Will Shriver finished in a tie for 67th with his 224, David Atkinson took a tie for 73rd with his 226, Scott Zielinski grabbed a tie for 75th at 227, and defending MAAC individual champion Jeff O'Brien placed in a tie for 78th at 228.
UCLA won the team title after torching the course to the tune of an 11-under, 829, while Cal Poly's Travis Bertoni garnered individual gold with his six-under, 204.
Loyola returns to action Friday, April 23rd when it heads to Disney World's Magnolia Golf Course in Orlando, FL for the first round of the MAAC Championships. The Greyhounds are looking to defend their 2003 title -- a title that Loyola won in record-breaking fashion as they hammered second-place Iona by 29 strokes. O'Brien, the 'Hounds' first individual MAAC champ since Jason Cage in 2001, is looking to capture that title once again.