April 30, 2009
BALTIMORE - The Loyola College golf team finds out on Monday where it will travel for the NCAA Men's Golf Championships when the committee announces the selections during a telephoned press conference at 6 p.m. The Greyhounds received an automatic bid to the Championships after winning their second straight MAAC Championship on Sunday by five strokes at the Celebration Golf Course in Kissimmee, Fla.
Last season, the Greyhounds traveled to Columbus, Ohio and played at the Scarlet Course on Ohio State's campus. Loyola finished in 27th place among the nation's top programs but got the opportunity to prove itself on the program's biggest stage.
During 2003-05, a stretch in which Loyola won three straight MAAC Championships, the Hounds played at three different courses each NCAA Championship: the Warren Golf Course on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 2005; the Crosswater Golf Club in Sun River, Ore., in 2004; and at Washington National Golf Club in Seattle, Wash., in 2003.
The Greyhounds earned their second straight MAAC Championship on Sunday by edging Siena by five strokes. It was the program's fifth title in the last seven years under Head Coach Tom Beidleman, who was named MAAC Coach of the Year.
Senior Mike Mulieri played the three-rounds at 7-over par and won the tournament in a playoff on the first hole.
Among Mulieri, three others finished in the Top 15 to pace the Greyhounds to a cumulative 907 for the 54-hole event. Freshmen Ryan McCarthy finished fourth at 9-over and Jay Mulieri finished in a six-way tie for eighth place. For his efforts, he was named MAAC Rookie of the Year.
Just two strokes back at 15-over was junior Keith Hall, who shot his second straight 78 for a cumulative 231.