May 4, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Loyola College golf team will travel to the RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla., to compete in the NCAA Regionals on May 14-16, it was announced on Monday evening in an NCAA conference call.
The University of Georgia, the SEC automatic qualifier, earned the top seed in the 14-team region, while Indiana University, University of South Carolina, hosting Central Florida and Florida State University round out the top-five.
The Greyhounds are hoping for similar results to the last time they traveled to the Sunshine State, when they won the MAAC Championships at the Celebration Golf Course in Kissimmee, Fla., back on April 26. This should be a much stiffer order, though.
"Obviously this is a tough field but we're looking forward to the opportunity to play this course and to show ourselves against this level of competition," said Head Coach Tom Beidleman, who will be making his fifth trip to the Regionals at the helm of the Loyola program.
The other entrants in the region include the University of Arizona, Augusta State, University of Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, University of Iowa, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Campbell University.
Located North of Orlando, the RedTail Golf Club is a 7152 yard, par 72 links-style design. The course is designed by Dave Harman, and according to its Web site, is "peppered with majestic trees and [gives the feeling] of being immersed in nature."
The top five teams in the Region will advance to the NCAA Finals. This is the second consecutive year that the Greyhounds have tasted postseason play. Last year, the team traveled to Columbus, Ohio, and played on the Scarlet Course on Ohio State's campus, finishing in 27th place.
Its last time out, Loyola placed four players in the Top-15 to earn the MAAC automatic qualifier by five strokes over Siena. Senior captain Mike Mulieri won the individual title by playing the three-rounds at 7-over par, winning top honors on the first hole of a playoff.
"The whole team has looked forward to this moment all season ," said Mulieri, the team captain. "This is what we play for."