Feb. 9, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's golf team resumes regular-season competition with the first tournament of the spring at Pala Mesa, Calif. The Greyhounds will tee off at the two-day Pala Mesa Invitational this Monday with high hopes for a strong spring campaign.
The `Hounds played in six fall tournaments and never finished worse than sixth. They won their season-opener at Navy in early September and had back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Joe Agee Invitational and Crowne Plaza Colonial in mid-October.
"The fall showed us a glimpse of our potential as a team," says Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "I think it's important to get off to a good start at Pala Mesa and use it as a springboard for the rest of the season."
With their fall success, the Greyhounds have earned an impressive No. 3 Mid-Atlantic Region ranking, behind Maryland and Penn State. The Pala Mesa Invitational will offer solid competition to start the spring on Pala Mesa Resort's par-72, 6,480-yard championship course. Monday's round will consist of 36 holes, while Tuesday's final round will be 18.
"The venue is a great early season test and reflective of the types of golf courses we see in the Northeast," adds Beidleman. "Like those courses, Pala Mesa requires more target-oriented golf and provides a great short-game test."
The tournament, won by UCLA last season, is the first of six regular-season tournaments for the Greyhounds this spring. Loyola will also travel to Mississippi and Florida before returning to the Mid-Atlantic for a tournament in Williamsburg, Va.
"Even though we had a good fall, we're looking to improve in the spring," says senior captain Will Shriver. "As a team, the off-season preparation has been the best I've seen in my time at Loyola. We do have high hopes for Pala Mesa, but we're preparing for the MAAC Championships, because that is our gateway into the national championship tournament."
The MAAC Tournament, by the way, returns to Magnolia Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. on April 26-28.