April 28, 2010
The Greyhounds will carry the No. 1 seed down to Florida this weekend, as they begin their title defense at the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golf Championships Friday, in Kissimmee, Fla. on Celebration Golf Club's Celebration course.
Golfstat.com ranks Loyola as the No. 1 seed going into Friday, with last year's runner-up Siena as the No. 2. Iona is awarded the No. 3 seed and will be paired with Loyola and Siena for round one.
Recent history would favor Loyola, as the Greyhounds have traditionally dominated the event. The defending champs have taken home the title the last two years in a row and five times in the last seven seasons. Loyola has swept top honors the last two years in a row, as Mike Mulieri won back-to-back individual titles.
Mulieri's three-round score of 211 is also tied for the lowest all-time and former Loyola golfers Will Shriver, T.J. Shuart, David Atkinson and Jeff O'Brien all have scores that rank among the tournament's top-10.
This year, Mike's younger brother Jay will anchor the lineup.
The younger Mulieri comes into the event with the `Hounds lowest scoring average and has been the most consistent golfer this season. The only player to have played in all nine of Loyola's 2009-2010 events, Mulieri has played all three rounds under 80 in five of those events.
The reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year is averaging 76.48 strokes per round and is currently riding a streak of four top-25 finishes, including a pair of T16 finishes at the Carlton Oaks Invitational and last weekend's Titan Invitational.
While Mulieri has been the most consistent, Alex Redfearn has had the best finishes this season, starting with his tie for fourth place in the season-opening Manor Intercollegiate. Redfearn went 70-75-77 to finish with a 6-over 222 and help lead Loyola to a third-place finish. The junior also opened strong this spring with a solo fourth place finish in the Carlton Oaks Invitational and a T14 finish in the Jackrabbit Invitational.
Also competing this weekend for Loyola will be sophomores Ryan McCarthy and Pat McCormick and Loyola's strongest freshman, Jason Burton. Another freshman, Jon Ross, will be competing as an individual.
The advantage that the Greyhounds have this weekend is the travel schedule. Of the top three seeds, Loyola is the only team to have played such a demanding travel schedule. Loyola has played from coast-to-coast logging miles in two Southern California events, one event outside of Las Vegas, two in the Chicago-area and one in Detroit. Towson's Fireline Invitational on Maryland's Eastern Shore was the sole local event of the season.
The road-tested squad has already played once in Florida, in the fall's Mission Inn Intercollegiate. Loyola finished 10th in the event with Redfearn tying for 23rd at the Orlando-area event.
The Greyhounds will tee off in the event at 10:30 a.m., Friday morning. Results can be found here.