March 24, 2011
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland golf team has a quick turnaround following the completion of its last event on Tuesday, opening play Saturday at this weekend's Fireline Towson Invitational. The 54-hole event will take place at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Md.
The Greyhounds finished 13th in the 24-team field that competed at the C&F Bank Invitational in Williamsburg, Va., that was contested as a 36-hole event on Monday and Tuesday earlier this week. Junior Patrick McCormick was Loyola's top finisher in the event, placing in a tie for 13th with an even-par 144 - one shot out of a tie for fourth.
McCormick will be joined by two of his playing partners from that event and two of three new additions. Loyola will be taking six competitors to this weekend's event with five comprising the team scoring and the sixth participating as an individual.
Senior Alex Redfearn and sophomore Jonathan Ross also return to play this weekend. New to the lineup will be junior Ryan McCarthy, sophomore Will Handley and freshman Brendan Lemp. The trio earned spots through mid-week team qualifying and selection by Greyhounds first-year head coach Chris Baloga.
Loyola has enjoyed success in the Fireline Towson Invitational in the past, recording two team titles (2002, 2005) and three individual champions - Ben Schubert (2001), T.J. Shuart (2005) and Michael Mullieri (2008).
Among the highlights in the 17-team field are five teams that participated in the 2010 NCAA Division I Championships as each won their respective conference titles - the Greyhounds (MAAC), Columbia (Ivy), Georgetown (BIG EAST), Kent State (MAC) and host Towson (CAA). The Golden Flashes won the 2009 event and has had the medalist in the last two years.
Play opens Saturday morning with a shotgun start and the expectation to play 36 holes on the 6,659-yard layout. Competition concludes on Sunday. Once again, the Loyola golf Twitter site will have scoring updates through the three rounds of play.