Oct. 28, 2009
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Men's golf made a strong push to move up the leaderboard Tuesday, in the final round of the Bill Cullum Invitational, with a third round score of 293. But with the leaders setting a record-breaking pace, the rest of the field failed to keep up, and Loyola closed out its final event of the fall 2009 season with a 15th place finish.
The Greyhounds combined for rounds of 301-301-293 at Simi Valley, Calif.'s Wood Ranch Golf Club to finish with a 30-over 894. Pacific took home the trophy as they lit up the course for a 21-under score of 843. The Tigers broke the tournament record set by Saint Mary's (CA) in 2004 by two strokes.
UC Riverside made a run up the board Tuesday finishing the event in second place, eight strokes behind Pacific. The Highlanders started the day even after 36 holes and fired a 275, the lowest combined round of the event, to finish in second place at 13-under (851). Host Cal State Northridge's A group finished behind the Highlanders at 1-under for the week.
Patrick McCormick continued his streak of top-30 finishes by firing a 1-under 70 Tuesday to finish just 3-over for the week, tied for 39th. McCormick's 70 was the Greyhounds' lowest round for the event and was just two shots off the event's low mark. The 70 also matches his career-low. The sophomore went 74-75-70 for a 54-hole score of 219.
Four strokes behind McCormick is teammate Jonathan Ross. Ross carded Loyola's only eagle of the tournament Tuesday to help him to a closing-round 76. In just his second collegiate event, the freshman finished with a 7-over 223 (74-73-76), besting his previous 65th place finish in the John Dallio Invitational.
Jay Mulieri had his best round of the tournament Tuesday, going just 2-over on the day. Mulieri tied for 50th with a 9-over 225 (75-77-73).
Rounding out the lineup for the Greyhounds was Jason Burton and Ryan McCarthy. Burton struggled Tuesday, shooting a 79 to finish tied for 74th (77-76-79; 232). McCarthy had a rough go Monday with two rounds of 81, but fared better Tuesday, carding a 74 to finish the tournament at 20-over, tied for 88th (236).