Men's Golf Moves Up To 25th At NCAA Regionals

May 20, 2005

South Bend, Ind. - Freshmen Chris Derby and Matt Bassler put together their second straight solid round and helped Loyola climb two spots in the team standings at the NCAA Central Regional in South Bend, Ind. on Friday. The Greyhounds closed the day with a round of 304 and are in 25th-place heading into Saturday's final round.

Loyola made its move on a friendly front nine, which saw senior David Atkinson score two birdies. After starting the day in 27th-place, the 27th-seeded `Hounds settled down, and limited mistakes on the par 70; 7,011-yard Warren Golf Course.

Atkinson finished with a 78 while Loyola's first-year players led the way with veteran-like performances. Bassler, who led Loyola with a 75 on Thursday, followed up with another 75 on Friday. Despite not scoring a single birdie, Bassler played a very good round with 13 pars and five bogeys.

Derby, who had four straight bogeys (three to end the front nine and one on No. 10), was brilliant otherwise and with a birdie on No. 17 (a par 5), closed his second round with a 73 and is 10-over par after two days.

Both senior T.J. Shuart and sophomore Will Shriver also posted birdies on No. 17, but both double-bogeyed No. 18 to end their rounds on a down note. Shuart finished with a 78 and Shriver scored an 80 as all five Loyola golfers improved upon or equaled Thursday's first round.

Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin followed up his first round 65 with an even-par 70 and leads the field after 36-holes of play. The top-ranked Cowboys also lead the field with a two-day 565, but Augusta State is close behind with their two-round total of 568.

Shriver will be the first to tee off for the Greyhounds in Saturday's final round. Loyola will begin at No. 10 with Derby leading the last threesome of the tournament with his 1:12 p.m. start.