Sept. 10, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s golf team will kick off the 2010-2011 season on Monday when the Greyhounds travel to Farmville, Va., for the 54-hole Manor Intercollegiate at The Manor Resort.
First-year Head Coach Chris Baloga will have the chance to see his team play competitively for the first time at the tournament. This weekend’s lineup will feature the same group that captured 12th place at last year’s NCAA West Regional as Alex Redfearn (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Jay Mulieri (Silver Spring, Md.), Patrick McCormick (Weston, Fla.), Ryan McCarthy (Silver Spring, Md.) and Jason Burton (Baltimore, Md.) return for the Greyhounds.
“This tournament will allow us to see where we are right now. Everybody seems pretty sharp from this summer and no one’s struggling in any aspects,” said Baloga. “We’re coming in with high expectations, but The Manor Intercollegiate will also give me a firsthand look as to how these guys play in a tournament situation.”
The Greyhounds took third place at the event last year and will compete against a strong field in 2010. The nine-team field includes High Point, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina Central, Hampton, Winston-Salem State, Bluefield, Hampden-Sydney and the host Longwood.
Senior Alex Redfearn tied for eighth at the tournament in 2009, recording a team-high finish with a six-over 222. Jay Mulieri, who finished four strokes back of Redfearn at the Intercollegiate last year and in a tie for 17th, also returns for this season.
“I’m expecting Alex and Jay to lead the squad this year,” Baloga said. “That’s what they’ve been doing for years.”
Junior Patrick McCormick finished last year in impressive fashion, leading Loyola at the NCAA West Regional by finishing in a tie for 36th. At last year’s Manor Intercollegiate, McCormick carded the lowest round of any Greyhound with an even-par 72 en route to a 20th-place finish.
“Patrick’s a very solid player,” said Baloga. “Between him and Jay and Alex, we’re expecting low 70s from them every round.”
Jason Burton and Ryan McCarthy will round out Loyola’s representation at the tournament. Burton came on strong during the spring season as he improved through his first year at Loyola. McCarthy, a junior, turned in Loyola's lowest round at the MAAC Championships last year with a 72 to tie for fifth after rounds of 78 and 76 and tied for 44th at the 2009 Manor Intercollegiate.
“Jason and Ryan should post three solid scores,” Baloga said. “I expect us to do well there. It’s a challenging golf course and it’s only about four years old. Four members of this group played the course last year so they’ve seen it, which can only help us out.”
The Greyhounds will play six events in the fall before returning for the spring season. Baloga cites the importance of the tournament as the team begins its quest for a fourth straight MAAC Championship.
“Our expectation is to finish near the top of the field and use this as a springboard for the rest of the fall season,” Baloga said. “What I’m looking for is for us to play to our potential and build on that throughout the year.”
The Manor Intercollegiate begins with a 36-hole opening day on Monday, September 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by a final round on Tuesday, September 14 that also begins at 8:30 a.m.