Sept. 18, 2004
New Brunswick, N.J. - Sophomore Will Shriver posted rounds of 70 and 71 to lead Loyola to a third-place finish at the Rutgers Invitational on Friday. The rained-shortened tournament was called after two rounds, giving host Rutgers the team title.
Shriver finished the tournament with a 141, shooting one-under par at Rutgers Golf Club in New Brunswick, N.J. Freshman Chris Derby, who posted a first-round score of 71, shot a 73 in the second round to give him a 36-hole score of 144. Senior T.J. Shuart also shot a 144, scoring a 73 in his first round and a 71 in the second.
Sophomore Tommy Villani registered rounds of 76 and 75 and finished with a 151 while freshman Matt Bassler posted rounds of 76 for a tournament total of 152.
"I'm very pleased with the strength of our lineup from top to bottom," says Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "Our young guys really played well in some tough conditions."
The Greyhounds finished with a team total of 580 after two rounds of 290. Rutgers won the Invitational with a 564 while Maryland finished four strokes ahead of Loyola and 12 strokes back of the Scarlet Knights.
Columbia, which also shot a 580, placed fourth with Bassler's 152 clinching the tie-breaker. St. John's placed fifth (585) while UConn (587), Seton Hall (595) and Villanova (603) rounded out the Top-8.
Loyola hosts the Ping Preview at Caves Valley Golf Club next weekend, welcoming the nation's top 15 programs to the site of the 2005 NCAA Men's Golf Championship.