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Golfers Even-Par After First Day Of NCAA Regionals Behind Pair of 69's

May 14, 2009

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SORRENTO, FLA. - Sophomore Alex Redfearn and freshman Ryan McCarthy each shot season-low rounds of 69 to lead the Loyola golf team to an even-par showing at the first round of the NCAA Southeast Regionals on Thursday, pushing the Greyhounds to 11th place among the 14 teams with 36 holes left to play.

The Greyhounds are the only team at even-par after the first 18 at the RedTail Golf Club and are just seven strokes back of Florida State at fifth-place, the pace for qualifying for the NCAA Finals. Loyola sits seven strokes ahead of Georgia Southern at 12th, nine of Campbell University and 10 of Indiana University, the 11th-ranked team in the country.

The University of Iowa is just a stroke ahead of Loyola at 1-under, while three teams are tied for seventh at 2-under, including top-seeded Georgia. University of Central Florida leads play at 16-under, while Arizona is two back of the pace.

The field had to overcome a nearly four-hour rain and lighting delay from 2 until 5:45 p.m. After that though, the Greyhounds came out firing on all cylinders.

"It seemed like after the rain delay we went out and were able to relax a little, and birdies were easier to come by," said Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "I think this is an indication of what this team is capable of doing and I think today we showed it."

The duo of Redfearn and McCarthy join eight other players for a 10-way tie for 14th place at 2-under. The University of Arizona's Tarquin MacManus sits atop the leaderboard by two strokes with an 8-under 63, while Corey Nagy from Charlotte is two strokes back for second.

Making his second regionals appearance in as many years, Redfearn was superb. After bogeying the second and third holes, he birdied three of the next four to get to 1-under. He would sandwich a pair of birdies around a bogey on holes 10-12 before parring the final six.

McCarthy also responded well on the big stage. He made four birdies on the day and bogeyed only two, keeping himself trouble-free the rest of the way.

Senior Mike Mulieri shot a 1-over 72 on the day, while freshman Jay Mulieri righted a rough start with five birdies for a 3-over 74. He birdied the 12th, 14th and 15th holes after the rain delay. Keith Hall shot a six-over 77.

Loyola will be paired with Iowa and Georgia Southern on Friday. Their first group will tee-off at 9:20 a.m.