Strong Play Puts Golfers Second After Day One At Cobra-Puma Invite

Oct. 2, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Loyola University Maryland golf team is in second place after the first two rounds of the Cobra-Puma Invitational at Miromar Lakes Golf Club. Individually, senior Jay Mulieri is second overall and trails Bethane Cookman's Matthew McKnight by just one stroke.

Loyola used a strong first round to lead all teams after one trip around the course. Led by Mulieri, who finished atop the leaderboard with a 6-under 66, the Greyhounds put together the best team score for the opening round - a 6-under 282.

Senior Patrick McCormick sat third after the first round with a 3-under 69, while freshman Bart George shot a 1-over 73 and junior Jon Ross and freshman Jack Whelan finished at a 2-over 74.

The Greyhounds opened the second round with a one-stroke lead over second-place Ball State (283, -5) and a seven-stroke lead over third-place Florida Gulf Coast (289, +1).

Whelan played his best round of golf this season through the second round and led the Greyhounds with a 4-under 68. Mulieri was second on the squad with a 1-under 71, while McCormick shot a 1-over 73. Ross finished with a 3-over 75 and George was at 5-over 77.

Heading into the final round, three Greyhounds are sitting in the top 10. Mulieri is one stroke shy of the leader at 7-under 137, while McCormick and Whelan are tied for ninth with a 2-under 142.

Ross is tied for 29th after two rounds with a score of 149 and George is tied for 33rd with a 150.

As a team, Loyola is second overall with an aggregate score of 7-under 569 and trails Florida Gulf Coast by five strokes (564, -12). The Greyhounds lead No. 26 Ball State by seven strokes, which shot an even 576, and host Xavier by nine strokes (578, +2).

Loyola will return to action tomorrow morning to complete the final round.