Second Straight NCAA Regionals Appearance For Golfers Begins Thursday

May 11, 2009

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BALTIMORE - The Loyola College golf team will make its second straight appearance in the NCAA Regionals on Thursday when it travels to the RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla., for the May 14-16, 54-hole event. The automatic qualifier from the MAAC, Loyola is a tournament-tested program making its fifth regionals appearance over the last seven years.

A stacked field of teams will await the Greyhounds at the site, including the SEC automatic qualifer Georgia, second-seeded Indiana, South Carolina, Central Florida and Florida State. The top five teams and the top individual from the 14-team regional site will advance to the NCAA Championships held at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, on May 26-30.

"There is definitely a sense of excitement from our players and our program," said Head Coach Tom Beidleman, who has won five MAAC Titles in his eight years at Loyola. "I've always said that the regionals are one blimp short of a tour event and we're looking forward to this opportunity."

Loyola, the No. 14 seed, is peaking at the right time of the season. The team has won its last two events, the Detroit Titans Invitational back on April 17-18, and the MAAC Championships the following weekend. The Greyhounds shot a 907 at the MAACs to edge Siena by five strokes. Four Greyhounds finished in the Top-15 for Loyola, led by senior Mike Mulieri, who finished 7-over to win the individual title on a playoff.

Beidleman said the team will use the same rotation he employed at the MAACs, with Mike Mulieri at the Number One spot, followed by Jay Mulieri, Alex Redfearn, Keith Hall and Ryan McCarthy.

While Mike Mulieri and Redfearn are the only carryovers from last year's team which competed at the Central Regionals in Columbus, Ohio, Beidleman said he thinks the duo will provide a calming influence on the other team members, including two talented freshmen in Jay Mulieri and McCarthy.

At the MAACs, Jay Mulieri was tabbed MAAC Rookie of the Year after cracking the Top-15 for his fourth consecutive tournament, while McCarthy shot a final-round 73 to finish fourth at 9-over par. Keith Hall shot 75-78-78 at the MAACs for his second straight Top-15 appearance.

The team will depart Baltimore on Tuesday morning to arrive in Orlando that afternoon, and will play a practice round at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Loyola tees off on Thursday between 10-10:50 a.m. at RedTail Golf Club, a par-72, 7,152 links-style course designed by Dave Harman in 2004.

"We're going to take the approach that we're out there to play the course and worry about our business," said Beidleman, the 2009 MAAC Coach of the Year. "It's certainly an honor to represent Loyola College and our conference on a national stage."