Rough Start Leaves Greyhounds Chasing Field At NCAA Central Region

May 19, 2005

South Bend, Ind. - Freshman Matt Bassler shot a team-best five-over par 75 in Thursday's first round of the NCAA Central Region in South Bend, Ind. Loyola, which got off to a rough start, closed the day strong, but sits in 27th-place heading into Day Two.

Freshman Chris Derby is two strokes back of Bassler with a 77, while senior T.J. Shuart scored a 79 with back-to-back birdies to close out his first round. Senior David Atkinson shot an 81 and sophomore Will Shriver rounded out the scoring with his 85.

With Mother Nature delaying the start of Thursday's round, 12 teams were unable to finish their first 18 holes of play. The Greyhounds, who are 32 strokes over par, sit one stoke back of IUPUI and two strokes back of Jackson State, the two teams it has been paired up with for the tournament's first two rounds.

Tulsa, which has 12 holes in the books, is one over par and leads the field heading into Day Two. Oklahoma State, the nation's top ranked team, is in the clubhouse with a four-over-par and hold second place with 36 holes to play.

The Greyhounds finished the day with only six birdies, but all six came on the final nine holes of play. Loyola is scheduled to tee off with Atkinson at 12:36. Bassler tees off at 12:45 while Shuart is the final `Hound to start his second round with a 1:12 start off of No. 1.

Check out Loyola's Day One scorecard, by clicking Loyola College Scores courtesy of Golfstat.