Men's Golf Set For Spring Opener in California

Feb. 9, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - After closing the fall with a team championship at the Crown Plaza Colonial Golf Classic, the Loyola men's golf team returns to action next week at the Pala Mesa Invitational in Fallbrook, Calif. The Greyhounds, who begin the fall in search of their fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid, begin the spring with 36 holes on Monday.

"Although it's difficult to continue momentum during the off-season, we'd like to take the things we learned in the fall and build on those this spring," says Head Coach Tom Beidleman.

The Pala Mesa Invitational, hosted by Drake University, will take place at the Pala Mesa Resort. The 54-hole tournament commences with a shotgun start on Monday morning and ends with the final 18 holes on Tuesday. The 13-team field includes Arizona, Army, Binghamton, Bradley, Creighton, CS-San Marcos, Drake, Northeastern, Oklahoma Christian, San Diego State, UCLA and Western Illinois.

"Pala Mesa is a great venue," says Beidleman. "In addition to having great weather, the golf course if very consistent with the style of courses we see on the East Coast - somewhat short, hilly and target oriented."

The Greyhounds, who open the spring with a lineup of Matt Bassler, Nick Brassill, Chris Derby, Michael Mulieri and Will Shriver, played a light fall (only four tournament), but open the spring with trips to California (Pala Mesa Invitational), Mississippi (Pizza Hut Invitational) and Florida (Fort Lauderdale Spring Classic).

"We wanted to play tournaments in good weather," says Beidleman. "Playing in the Northeast is always risky this time of year. We're also playing all over the country to get this young team used to travel. When we go to Florida for the MAAC Championships in April, we want to be a team that had a full spring of competition and travel under its belt."