May 10, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's golf team, 2004 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Champions, will be playing in the West Regional, the NCAA announced today. The Greyhounds, who are playing in their second-straight NCAA Regional, begin postseason competition on Thursday, May 20 at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon.
"I like our draw," says Head Golf Coach Tom Beidleman. "The golf course at Sunriver Resort is more suited to our squad than the Regional sites out East."
Led by T.J. Shuart, 2004 MAAC Medallist, the Greyhounds completed the season with three team championships and seven Top-3 finishes. Shuart won three individual titles while freshman Will Shriver captured two in his first season at Evergreen.
"I'm excited," says Shriver. "This is my first NCAA Tournament and I'm looking forward to it."
Senior Jeff O'Brien, who won the 2003 MAAC Championship, is one of three Greyhounds, along with Shuart and Scott Zielinski, playing in their second straight NCAA Regional. Last year, Loyola drew a No. 27 seed, this year they enter as a No. 26 seed.
"I'm not surprised at our draw," says O'Brien. "I think that based on what happened last year, this was expected. It's a great opportunity for Loyola to get some West Coast exposure."
"Out of the three sites, this should be the best golf course," adds Zielinski. "It will be a great course with great competition. I can't wait to play."
The NCAA Regionals are held May 20-22 at Yale, Purdue and Portland. The Regional format is 54-hole competition with the top teams in each region advancing to the NCAA Golf Championships at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
"This will be a great experience for all of us," says Beidleman. "I'm ready to see what we can do against our chosen field."