May 19, 2010
The Loyola men’s golf team will enter the postseason this week as the No. 13 seed in the Gold Mountain Regional in Bremerton, Wash. The 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions advanced to their third straight NCAA Tournament and their sixth postseason appearance in eight years with a dramatic final-round comeback win May 2, in the conference championship tournament at Celebration Golf Course in Kissimmee, Fla. Play opens Thursday at 8 a.m., PT (11 a.m. ET).
The Course: Gold Mountain Golf Club
Designed by John Harbottle III, Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course is an award-winning municipal course situated on Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula, across the Puget Sound from Seattle. The surrounding views of the Cascade Mountains, the Annual Blue Grass from tee-to-green and a challening layout has given Olympic a reputation as one of Washington's top munis. Harbottle, a Washington grad and a prominent West Coast course architect, is known for drawing elements from his mentor, Pete Dye, as well as more traditional elements from Scottish courses. “Risk-reward” holes are heavily emphasized, with Olympic's finishing hole being just that. The 18th is a short par-4 that plays from an elevated tee. At 325 feet with a slight dogleg-right, the hole is drivable, but players must avoid a pond that cuts into the right side of the fairway and heavy bunkering that protects the green.
Loyola will be in good - albeit competitive - company this week. The Greyhounds will square off against four teams ranked by Golfweek in the top-25 with host Washington being ranked the highest at No. 4. Southern California and Illinois are ranked at Nos. 10 and 11, respectively, and Oregon State enters the week ranked at No. 25. Also in field are perennial mid-major powers San Diego, SMU and Fresno State. VCU will join Loyola as the only other East Coast team in the 13-team field.
While Gold Mountain will be Loyola’s first foray into the Pacific Northwest this season, the ‘Hounds have held their own against West Coast competition, playing in California twice and once outside of Las Vegas. Junior Alex Redfearn thrived on the West Coast in two events this season, notching a solo fourth place in San Diego at the Carlton Oaks Invitational and a 14th-place tie in the Jackrabbit Invitational at Primm Valley Resort in Primm, Nev.
Loyola in the NCAA Tournament
Loyola’s best postseason finish came in 2005 in the NCAA Central Regional held in South Bend, Ind. at Notre Dame’s Warren Course. The Greyhounds finished 25th in the 27-team field. Last year, Loyola slipped from fifth place in day one to 14th in the 14-team field at Sorrento, Florida’s Red Tail Golf Club in the Southeast Regional. However, Loyola’s three-round total of 888 was a new postseason low for the Greyhounds. Sophomore Ryan McCarthy led his team from start to finish with a career-low 214. McCarthy opened by posting a career-best 69 and went 73-72 to finish at 1-over in a tie for 40th.