Aug. 18, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's golf team will begin its defense of three straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships with the release of its 2010-2011 schedule, which Head Coach Chris Baloga announced today. The campaign sees the Greyhounds playing six events through September and October and four dates in the spring before the MAAC Championship.
"We're looking for the fall schedule to set the tone for a strong spring," Baloga said. "We have the ability to do very well at these events and help prepare us for playing in another MAAC Championship in March."
Loyola begins the season with a trip to Farmville, Va., for The Manor Intercollegiate at The Manor Resort on September 13-14. The Greyhounds took third place at the tournament last year.
The squad then splits for tournaments on September 17-18. Some players will head to The McLaughlin, at Bethpage State Park Red Golf Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. Other members of the team, like the squad's newcomers, will travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for the Bucknell Fall Invitational at the Bucknell University Golf Course.
The Greyhounds wrap up the month of September with the Hartford Hawks Invitational at Bulls Bridge Golf Course in South Kent, Conn., on September 27-28. Loyola last played the Hartford Hawks Invitational in 2008, where the squad finished 13th.
On October 9-10, Loyola heads to Williamsburg, Va., for the Joe Agee Invitational at Colonial Heritage Golf Course. The Greyhounds powered their way to a runner-up finish the team's last time at the Invitational in 2006. The fall season ends with a trip to Seaside, Calif., for the Saint Mary's College Invitational at Bayonet Golf Course and Blackhorse Golf Course.
"The Saint Mary's College Invitational is probably the strongest tournament venue, with half the field in the top 100," said Baloga. "At this time of the fall, hopefully everyone's playing their best and we can finish off the fall that way."
Loyola hits the links to open spring play on February 11-12 in Lutz, Fla., for The Match Play at TPC Tampa Bay.
"I am extremely excited to take the team to Tampa and compete in The Match Play. It's a great way to start the spring season," Baloga said. "It is a very unique event that uses the same format at the NCAA championship. Not only will this be a great experience for the team to compete in a strong field but it will also give us the chance to get some much needed practice in after the winter break."
Next the Greyhounds play on March 21-22 with the C&F Bank Intercollegiate at Kingsmill Resort River Course in Williamsburg, Va. The team then heads to Grasonville, Md., for a repeat trip to the Fireline Towson Invitational on March 21-22. Loyola tied for ninth at the Invitational last year.
"In the spring, we will be competing locally with all teams from our region," Baloga said. "All of the events will do a great job in getting us prepared to defend our MAAC championship at the end of April and hopefully to make a strong run in the NCAA regional. We're playing at Kingsmill, which is a great venue that hosted a PGA Tour event in the past and Towson, Penn State and Navy are all events with strong fields that will give us a good idea of how we compare to others in our region."
The Greyhounds then wrap up the spring regular season with a pair of tournaments in Pennsylvania and Maryland. On April 8-10, the squad will play in The Rutherford Intercollegiate at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa., before traveling to Annapolis, Md., for the Navy Spring Invitational at the United States Naval Academy Golf Course on April 16-17.
The MAAC Championships will take place at the Walt Disney World Magnolia Course on April 28-May 1 in Orlando, Fla. There the Greyhounds will take aim at a fourth consecutive MAAC championship, following last year's tournament-low round on the final day to capture the title.
The NCAA Regionals will take place on May 19-21. Loyola finished 12th at last year's NCAA West Regional, and all five Greyhounds who played in the 2009 regional are expected to return for this season.