Men's Golf Tees Off At NCAA Athens Regional Thursday

May 14, 2012

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The Loyola University Maryland men’s golf team heads to Athens, Ga., for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional hosted by the University of Georgia at the University of Georgia Golf Course on Thursday.

The Greyhounds will compete against 12-other teams: Alabama, North Florida, Iowa, East Carolina, Long Beach State, Augusta State, Wake Forest, Houston, Texas-Arlington, UNC Wilmington and the host Georgia.

The top-five teams from each of the six regionals and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals on May 29-June 3 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Fantastic Fall

  • The Greyhounds played in five fall tournaments in September and October, finishing in the top-five four times.
  • Loyola started the year by finishing fifth in the Maryland Intercollegiate, with Ryan McCarthy leading Loyola in 7th after carding a 4-under, 209.
  • The Greyhounds had a pair of second-place finishes at the Hartford Hawks Invitational and the Mission Inn Invitational.  
  • Loyola also finished under par in one tournament in the fall, shooting a combined 1-under, 863 at the Cobra-PUMA Invitational to tie for third place.

Baloga Named Maryland Player of the Year

  • Greyhound head coach Chris Baloga was named the Maryland State Golf Association’s Player of the Year for the second-straight year.
  • He was the first player in the five-year history of the awards to be a repeat winner.
  • Baloga finished the year with 635 points, earning points in eight of nine events.

MAAC Champs

  • The Greyhounds won their fifth-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title as the team carded a four-over, 868 over the three rounds at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course in Orlando, Fla.
  • The score broke the MAAC Championship record by nine strokes and gave Loyola its 14th title in 23 years in the conference. No current conference team has won more than four.
  • Mulieri won the individual title, shooting a 212 (-4), including a one-under 71 in the final round to win the McLeod Memorial Award.
  • Senior Patrick McCormick was second for Loyola, tying for fourth overall at 2-over 218. Classmate Ryan McCarthy was seventh overall at 3-over. McCarthy became the second Greyhound to graduate with four MAAC titles, joining Alex Redfearn, Class of 2011.

Mulieri Magic

  • Mulieri won the individual title, shooting a 212 (-4), including a one-under 71 in the final round to win the McLeod Memorial Award.
  • He joined his brother Mike, the 2008 and 2009 MAAC Champion, in becoming the first pair of brothers to claim the individual conference titles.
  • Mulieri earned MAAC Golfer of the Month all four times this season, and led Loyola in eight of its 11 total tournaments.
  • He led the team in the spring with a scoring average of 71.53, shooting 10 rounds under par.
  • He won two tournaments and had seven top-five finishes. Mulieri won the Fireline Towson Invite and the MAAC Championship tournaments.
  • Mulieri finished the year with a scoring average of 71.44 over 32 rounds and 11 tournaments, at-or-under par 21 times.

By George, I Think He’s Got It

  • Freshman Bart George was named MAAC Rookie of the Year, an honor given based on GolfStat rankings.
  • George finished with a scoring average of 74.20 over 20 rounds and six tournaments.
  • The freshman had his best finish of the season at the MAAC Championships, placing 16th with a 10-over 226.
  • George’s best tournament of the season came at the Maryland Intercollegiate, where he fired a 1-over 214 to tie for 19th.
  • George also was named the 2011 Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Harry Pitt Junior Golfer of the Year.

Course Info

  • The University of Georgia Golf Course is a par 71, Trent Jones layout and is widely regarded as one of the best university courses in the country.
  • The course was renovated by Love Gold Design in 2006 and measures 7,253 yards.
  • The facility hosts numerous competitions throughout the year, both collegiate and professional, including the SEC Championship and three NCAA Women’s Championships.
  • The course also has hosted the Stadion Classic, which is set to be an annual spring even on the Nationwide Tour’s schedule.

The Field

  • The Greyhounds are one of four teams in the Athens Regional that advanced by winning their conference championship. Alabama (Southeastern), North Florida (Atlantic Sun) and UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association), also won their respective conference titles.
  • The field also includes reigning National Champion Augusta State, which is looking for its third-straight national title.

Athens Regional Info

  • For all of your information on the Athens Regional, including tee times and live scoring, click here