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Setting A Champions Pace

Sept. 10, 2006

Annapolis, Md. - Sophomore Blake Furgerson shot a second straight round of 69 to lead the Loyola men's golf team to a team championship at the Navy Fall Invitational at Annapolis, Md. on Sunday afternoon. The team title comes in Loyola's first event of the season and is the program's first season-opening championship under sixth-year Head Coach Tom Beidleman.

"This is a great way to start the season," says Coach Beidleman. "The Navy Fall Invitational is a very solid tournament and I'm proud of the total team effort we put forth."

The Greyhounds entered the day one stroke back of leaders Winthrop, George Washington and North Dakota State and were one of seven teams within three strokes of the lead. With the tournament up for grabs, Loyola's lineup posted an impressive 286 to finish with a tournament score of 576, two stokes ahead of second place finishers Winthrop and Pennsylvania.

Furgerson, who shot a career-low round of 69 on Saturday, followed with another 69 on Sunday to tie for medalist honors, and force a two-way playoff. North Dakota State's Eric Johnson, who also shot a 36-hole score of 138, won the playoff and took home the top individual honor.

Senior captain Will Shriver posted a 73 to finish the tournament three stokes over par (145) while sophomore Michael Mulieri registered rounds of 73 to score a 146. Shriver placed 11th among all individuals while Mulieri finished tied for 19th.

Junior Matt Bassler recovered nicely from his Day One 77 to shoot even par (71) on Sunday. Bassler ended the tournament with a score of 148 while junior Chris Derby scored a 153.

The Greyhounds have now won fall tournaments in each of the last four seasons. Loyola will go for back-to-back wins when it returns to action next Monday-Tuesday, September 18-19 at the Towson Invitational.


Loyola IndividualsBlake Ferguson 69 69 138Will Shriver 72 73 145Michael Mulieri 73 73 146Matt Bassler 77 71 148Chris Derby 76 77 153


Team Scores1 Loyola College 290 286 576 +82 Winthrop University 289 289 578 +10Pennsylvania, U. of 292 286 578 +104 Navy 296 283 579 +115 St. Bonaventure U. 290 293 583 +156 Towson University 297 287 584 +167 St. Joseph's Univer. 295 294 589 +218 George Washington 289 302 591 +239 Birmingham Southern 295 302 597 +29Delaware, U. of 291 306 597 +2911 North Dakota St. U. 289 309 598 +3012 Iona College 304 297 601 +3313 Siena College 306 300 606 +3814 Temple University 297 310 607 +3915 Duquesne University 311 300 611 +43George Washington 299 312 611 +4317 Navy Gold 302 310 612 +44