May 17, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The 2005 NCAA Golf Regionals commence this Thursday with Loyola College competing in the Central Region at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course. The Greyhounds are the No. 27 seed and will tee off at 7:57 a.m.
The Tournament is structured so that each teams plays 18 holes each day from Thursday through Saturday. The first two rounds have been pre-assigned while Saturday's final round will have tee times assigned based upon standings though the first 36 holes.
The Greyhounds are paired with No. 25 Jackson State and No. 26 Detroit on Thursday and Friday. These teams will begin at the No. 10 tee on Thursday (7:57 a.m.) and have the final tee times for Friday with a 12:36 p.m. start from No. 1.
Live scoring, courtesy of Golfstat, can be accessed by clicking on NCAA Central Region Scoring. Conventional collegiate golf team scoring rules will apply with the lowest four scores in the five-man lineup in each round counting toward the team total.
The Top 10 teams in the East, Central and West Regionals will advance to the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship hosted by Loyola at Caves Valley Golf Club the first week in June. The championships tournament will feature the 30 best college golf teams and the top six individuals who are not on a qualifying team.
For Loyola to advance, it will need to go through a very strong Central Region which includes teams such as Oklahoma State, Augusta State, TCU, Kentucky, Texas, Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Kent State, Texas Tech, SMU, Tulsa, Wichita State, Xavier, Texas A&M, Kansas, Arkansas, Baylor, Notre Dame, Lamar, Missouri, Kansas State, IUPUI, Jackson State and Detroit.
According to the latest Golfstat rankings, eight Top-25 teams are playing in the Central Region including No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Augusta State, No. 9 TCU, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 17 Texas, No. 23 Purdue, No. 24 Minnesota and No. 25 Oklahoma.
Loyola is playing in its third straight NCAA Tournament and is playing in the Central Region after competing in the West Region each of the past two seasons. Seniors T.J. Shuart and David Atkinson lead the team while sophomore Will Shriver guides a pair of freshmen in Chris Derby and Matt Bassler into their first NCAA Tournament.
They will be playing on Notre Dame's five-year-old Warren Golf Course, which has a par-70, 7,011-yard layout. The course was designed by PGA Tour veteran Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore and is based on a traditional walkable Irish and American courses favored around the turn of the 20th century.
"I'm pleased with our selection," said Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman upon finding out his team was headed to the NCAA Central Region. "The Warren Golf Course is very similar to the courses we play on the East Coast and it suits our style of play."
Loyola closed the year with Top-5 finishes in each of its last three events, including team titles at the Drew Upton Memorial and the MAAC Championship in Orlando, Fla. The Greyhounds finished 26th in last year's NCAA West Regional.