March 8, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's golf team commences its spring campaign at the Fort Lauderdale Invitational this Thursday and Friday. The Greyhounds, who will defend their MAAC crown at the end of the spring, are also defending champs at this tournament and hope to set the pace with a win.
"This is a perfect event to start our season," says Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "The field is relatively small and gives everyone an opportunity to shake off the winter rust."
The field, which includes Gonzaga, Loyola-Illinois and Youngstown State, fell victim to a hot-shooting Loyola squad, which won the 2004 Classic by an astounding 35 strokes. The Greyhounds, behind T.J. Shuart's 139, Will Shriver's 142 and Jeff O'Brien's 144, ran away with the event with a team total of 577.
In the fall, Loyola won the John MacDonald Invitational and placed third at the Scarlet Knight Invitational at Rutgers. The spring schedule will be fairly light, but highly competitive with the MAAC Championships taking place April 22-24 at Disney's Magnolia Course in Orlando, Fla.
"We're looking to set the tone for the spring," adds Beidleman. "A good showing in our first event should give us the momentum needed to carry us through April."
This is Loyola's third year at the Fort Lauderdale Invitational. They Greyhounds placed second to St. John's in the inaugural event two years ago and won at Grande Oaks Golf Club in 2004.