June 25, 2003
BALTIMORE --Loyola golf head coach Tom Beidleman has announced that Will Shriver (Silver Spring, MD/Gonzaga Prep) and Tommy Villani (Tulsa, OK/Cascia Hall) have each signed national letters of intent to attend Loyola College and begin play with the Greyhound golf team in the fall of 2003.
"These are two very exciting signings for the Loyola golf program," says Beidleman, now in his third year as Greyhound head coach. "Both of these young me have extensive national experience and a terrific track record of success."
Shriver solidified his place as one of Maryland's top amateur golfers by winning the Maryland State Amateur Championship earlier this month. At age 18, he became the youngest-ever winner of that prestigious event.
"Will is one of the finest all-around players for his age that I've seen in my 20 years in the golf business," Beidleman says. "His ball striking is exceptionally solid, his short game is reliable and he is also a creative shotmaker. On top of that, he has the heart of a winner."
Shriver also won the 36-hole Baltimore City Amateur in the summer of 2002 by birdieing three of the final four holes and was a two-time winner of the Kemper Junior Shootout, a tournament played at the TPC at Avenel the week prior to PGA Tour's annual Capital Open. He has also won two Titleist Middle Atlantic Junior Tour events and led Gonzaga to two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) titles and three area private school championships.
Villani capped a terrific high school career this past spring by winning the Oklahoma Class 3A High School individual championship. His strong play also helped his Cascia Hall team to consecutive Class 3A team championships in 2003 and 2002.
"Tommy is the kind of player I like to look for," Beidleman says. "He is a tough competitor with no quit in his body. I think he will certainly make his mark at Loyola over the next four seasons.
Villani also fashioned a strong junior career outside of high school play, winning 15 local junior tournaments between 1998 and 2003. He has also finished in the top 10 in five different International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) events on the national level.
The Greyhound golf team reached the NCAA West Regional in Auburn, WA, this past season, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I championship by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title in late April. The Greyhounds won the MAAC title, their first since the 1998 season, by an impressive 29-stroke margin.