Aug. 18, 2008
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. - Three Loyola College golf alumni are amongst the 315 players who teed it up Monday at the 108th U.S. Amateur Championship on Pinehurst's famed No. 2 and No. 4 courses.
T.J. Shuart, who graduated in 2006, was one of the final competitors to tee off Monday afternoon, but Pinehurst's No. 2 course agreed with him. He rolled in 14 pars, a birdie and bogeyed three holes for a two-over 72. He is tied for 65th at the Championship.
The duo, who were co-captains of the 2008 Greyhounds team that won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Central Regional, are amongst a group tied for 135 with rounds of four-over 74 on Monday. Bassler played Pinehurst No. 2, Derby was on the No. 4 course.
Bassler, Derby and Shuart will play the second of two days of stroke play tomorrow. Derby begins on the first hole of No. 2 at 7:50 a.m., Shuart tees off from the 10th hole of No. 4 at 9:30 a.m., and Bassler starts on the 10th hole of No. 4 at 1:35 p.m.
The top 64 players in stroke competition will advance to match play beginning on Wednesday.