Loyola Trio Tees It Up At 108th U.S. Amateur Championship

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.

After completing their collegiate eligibility and earning their bachelors degrees in May, Chris Derby and Matt Bassler are playing in their first U.S. Amateur.

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.