Golf Prepares For MAAC Championships WIth Tune-Up In Scottsdale

April 8, 2004

Scottsdale, Ariz. - The Greyhounds will get a final tune-up for the 2004 MAAC Golf Championships when they travel to Scottsdale Ariz. for the Cowboy Classic next Monday-Tuesday, April 12-13. Loyola, fresh of a runner-up finish at the Navy Invitational, will compete against a strong 18-team field at Talking Stick Golf Club.

Wyoming will host the second-annual Cowboy Classic on Talking Stick's North Course. The tournament will be a two-day, 54-hole event with 8 a.m. shotgun starts on each day. Loyola and Wyoming will be joined by Air Force, Arizona, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Campbell, Drake, Grand Canyon, Idaho, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, Utah, Weber State and Western Kentucky.

"We're in this tournament for one reason and that is to prepare for the MAAC Championships," says Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman. "If we can compete against the field in Arizona, I'm confident we'll do fine at the conference championships in Florida."

Last year, Arizona State won the Classic with a 31-over par score of 871. Gilberto Rodriguez of San Diego State was the individual champion, scoring a four-over par over three rounds.

Last week Loyola rallied on Day Two of the Navy Spring Intercollegiate to take second overall. Jeff O'Brien led the charge with a 36-hole score of 149. T.J. Shuart shot a 153 and Will Shriver scored a 154 move the 'Hounds up six spots in the final standings.

Loyola is one of seven new teams in this year's field at the Cowboy Classic. The course, which opened in 1998, has already hosted two PGA Tour Qualifying Schools and the USGA Sectional Qualifier two times. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Talking Stick Golf Club was named Arizona's top public course by Golfweek Magazine in both 2002 and 2003.

The Cowboy Classic will commence with 36 holes on Monday and will conclude with one round on Tuesday.