Oct. 27, 2009
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - The sole East Coast team in the Bill Cullum Invitational got off to a rough start Monday North of Los Angeles. The Greyhounds combined for rounds of 300 and 301 to finish in 15th place after 36 holes at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif.
Loyola is at 25-over going into the third and final round, just one shot back from host Cal State Northridge's B group. Pacific took a commanding 16-under lead, leaving the rest of the field in the dust. The Matdors' A group is in second place at 4-under.
Loyola didn't see too many red numbers Monday, but stayed steady throughout on the par-72, 6,761-yard course. The Greyhounds totaled 103 pars in the second round, with Patrick McCormick sinking 24 of those, and played strong on par-4s. Most of the team was right on track with the course average, which played a little over 75.
Freshman Jon Ross came out on top for the Greyhounds, tying for 32nd at 3-over (147). Ross opened with a 2-over 74 and followed up with a 1-over 73, Loyola's low round of the day.
Two shots behind Ross with a 5-over 149 is Patrick McCormick. McCormick shot an opening-round 74 as well and finished the day with a 75. The sophomore came into this week's event with two top-25 finishes in as many events and is trying to continue that streak.
Jay Mulieri opened well with a 75 but failed to build on that in the second round, as he followed up with a 77. Mulieri is currently tied for 54th at 8-over 152, one shot ahead of teammate Jason Burton.
Making just his second start of the season, Burton went 77-76 to finish the first day tied for 57th at 9-over 153.
At 18-over, Ryan McCarthy had the most difficult day, posting back-to-back rounds of 81 for a 36-hole score of 162 and comes into the second day of competition in a solo 94th place.
Another 36 holes slated are for Tuesday with the Greyhounds teeing off early on the West Coast. The 'Hounds should have perfect playing conditions, as the forecast is predicting a sunny, 70-degree day.