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Golf Team Finishes 15th At Season Opening Event

Sept. 16, 2008

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Denver, Colo. - The first event of the 2008-09 golf schedule is in the books and after taking on one of the strongest fields to open a season, the Greyhounds finished 15th of the 17 teams competing at the Ron Moore Invitational that wrapped up play Tuesday at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.

Once again, the Greyhounds played the final round a man short as sophomore Alex Redfearn was unable to play after falling ill upon his arrival to Denver. Forced to utilize the scores of the four healthy players, Loyola finished with a final-day team aggregate of 315, 27 over par on the par 72 layout.

"Playing one man down is always a challenge, but it was made more difficult by the strength of the field and the quality of the golf course," seventh-year head coach Tom Beidleman said following the team's opening event.

One bright spot was the play of freshman Jay Mulieri. Playing in his first collegiate event, the Silver Spring, Md., resident finished tied for 44th with a 223 after posting a 77 on the final day. He shot 74 and 72 for his first two rounds.

"It's a wonderful start for Jay," Beidleman summarized. "And I know he will only improve week after week."

After shooting 75s on each of his first two rounds Monday, senior Mike Mulieri posted a 73 for the low Loyola score for the day in the final round and equaled his brother's three-round total of 223.

After each golfer broke 80 on the first 18 of the invitational, both senior Mike O'Keefe (83) and junior Keith Hall (82) finished tied for 90th and 93rd, respectively.

The Greyhounds are off this weekend from tournament play and are back in action beginning September 26 when they travel to the Hartford Invitational on Cape Cod for three days of play.