Men's Golf Battles Course; Strong Field on Day Two at NCAA Central Region

May 16, 2008

Columbus, Ohio - Senior Chris Derby played a bogey-free back nine, while freshman Alex Redfearn posted a team-best six-over par on Friday to lead the Greyhounds at the NCAA Central Region in Columbus, Ohio. Loyola was one of 13 teams to score 300 or higher as Ohio State's Scarlet Course played at a championship level.

The Greyhounds officially posted a 314 - four strokes better than Thursday's opening round. A big part of Loyola's improved score was the play of Redfearn, who had the field's biggest Day Two improvement. Redfearn shaved eight strokes off his Round One score to post a 77 for the `Hounds.

Derby, one of three Greyhounds to score a 79 on Friday, came into the clubhouse with a 35 on the back nine. Senior Matt Bassler, who led Loyola with a 74 on Thursday, was three-over par on the front nine on Friday before finishing plus five on the back. He currently leads the Greyhounds with a 36-hole score of 154.

Junior Michael Mulieri registered his second straight round of 79 with one birdie on his scorecard. Classmate Mike O'Keefe had a team-high two birdies on Friday, but finished outside of the team scoring with an 82.

Wake Forest leads the entire field by 10 strokes, while No. 3 Alabama, Penn State, Illinois and Eastern Kentucky round out the top five. The Top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships at Purdue.

The field tees off Saturday's third and final round beginning at 7 a.m. Follow the Greyhounds hole-by-hole with tournament Live Scoring