BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania - Loyola University Maryland head golf coach Chris Baloga fell behind toward the end of the first round of match play at the USGA Mid-Amateur Monday and was unable to catch up, as he was eliminated by Denver Haddix at the Saucon Valley Country Club.
Baloga fell behind the Lexington, Kentucky native by two holes early on, but rallied to take a late lead. Baloga used wins on the fifth and seventh hole to pull even heading into the eighth and then broke the stalemate on the 12th hole to earn his first advantage. Haddix claimed the 13th hole to square things up though and then claimed the 16th and 17th holes to take the match.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to the top amateur players who are 25 years of age or older. Baloga advanced out of stroke play by being one of the low 64 scores in the initial field of 264 players. He finished the two rounds in a 14-way tie for 29th-place at 6-over 148.
The 2014 Patriot League Coach of the Year will begin his fifth year at the helm of the Greyhounds' golf program this weekend as Loyola travels to Bethpage, New York, for St. John's University's Doc Gimmer Tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. Baloga is looking to lead the Greyhounds to their seventh-consecutive conference title - second-straight in the Patriot League - and back to the NCAA Championships for a seventh-straight year.