June 8, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola golfer Michael Mulieri won the 87th Maryland State Amateur Championship on Sunday with a 4 and 2 victory in the match play final. The Greyhound captain qualified with a scoring round and then beat the oppressive weekend heat and advanced through five rounds of match play to claim the 2008 title at Woodholme Country Club in suburban Baltimore.
"I hit the ball solid all week, and today some puts finally dropped at key times," said Mulieri after claiming the amateur title. "It feels good to see so much hard work result in win."
Mulieri played fellow amateur Steven Delmar in Sunday's 36-hole match play championship. The pair was all squared after 18 holes, but Mulieri pulled away with birdies on holes nine, 10 and 11 in the second round of play.
A medalist performer time again this season at Loyola, Mulieri most recently won the MAAC Championship and was named the league's golfer of the year. On Sunday, the seasoned veteran held a 3 Up advantage after 28 holes and never looked back.
Both Michael Mulieri and his younger brother Jay Mulieri qualified for the Maryland Amateur Championships. Jay, who will be a freshman on Loyola's golf team this fall, finished second at the qualifier on May 6, but was eliminated in Round One of match play.
Michael Mulieri knocked off David Nocar, 1 Up, in Round One and went on to defeat Dan Fall, 4 and 2, to get to the Quarterfinals. There he earned a 2 Up victory over Phil Fairbanks to meet A.J. Gerlach in the Semifinals.
"I really did hit it well the first three rounds," said Mulieri. "Then not so well at the next, but I felt more comfortable as I got into the round."
The Semifinal round went down to the wire. Gerlach took a 1 Up advantage through seven holes, but Mulieri fired back with a four-hole streak to take the lead for good. He pulled out his second 1 Up win of the championship to set up Sunday's Match Play Championship with Steven Delmar Jr. of Gaithersburg.
The Maryland Amateur, in its 87th year of championship competition, is run by the Maryland State Golf Association. Founded in 1921, the Maryland State Golf Association also sponsors and conducting state tournaments as well as USGA qualifying rounds each year.