Sept. 23, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College will be hosting the strongest collegiate golf tournament of the fall this coming Sunday and Monday. The Ping/Golfweek Preview features the nation's top programs and will commence this Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at the legendary Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.
The Ping/Golfweek Preview serves as the pre-cursor to the 2005 NCAA Championship, which will be hosted by Loyola College and Caves Valley Golf Club. Co-sponsored by Ping and Golfweek, the tournament is held each fall at the site of the following spring's NCAA Championship and annually attracts one of college golf's best fields.
The top-10 finishers at the 2004 NCAA Championships, four at-large invitees, and the host, Loyola Greyhounds, will comprise the field at the Ping Preview, making it Division I golf's most prestigious tournament of the year, other than the NCAA Championship itself.
Joining the Greyhounds in the 15-team field are powerhouse squads like the reigning NCAA champion California Golden Bears, and Florida, which was No. 1 in the final 2003-04 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
In addition to California and Florida (at-large team), the field will include Clemson (No. 2), UCLA (3), Georgia (4), Arizona State (5), Georgia Tech (6), Arizona (7), Oklahoma State (8), Texas (9) and TCU (10).
Defending NCAA individual champion and United States Amateur champion Ryan Moore and his UNLV Runnin'Rebels received an at-large bid to the tournament along with Kentucky, and Pepperdine.
Loyola will be paired with UNLV and Pepperdine on Day One, setting up some monster match-ups. Senior T.J. Shuart will tee off with UNLV's Moore and Pepperdine's Michael Putnam, a two-time All-America senior who ranks No. 1 all-time on Pepperdine's career stroke average list.
Caves Valley's Director of Golf, Dennis Satyshur, who has overseen several internationally renowned tournaments held at the Club, including the 2002 U.S. Senior Open, is elated that the nation's best collegiate golfers will be playing Caves.
"We're very excited to be hosting the Ping Preview Tournament and are looking forward to having the finest collegiate players come to Caves Valley," says Satyshur.
Loyola Head Golf Coach Tom Beidleman, whose team has won two consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships and been to two straight NCAA Tournaments, is just as eager for this tournament to commence.
"To be a part of such a strong field is exciting and a great boost for our program," says Beidleman. "It will obviously be a great test for us as we compete against the nation's top teams."
Not only will the field be very competitive, but the course should present a severe challenge. Caves Valley will be playing at a par-70, 7,120-yard layout, which should cause the course to play tougher than it ever has throughout its 14-year history.
UCLA is the defending Ping Preview champion as the Bruins won the 2003 title by one stroke over Georgia Tech in last fall's rain-shortened (36 holes) event at The Homestead Resort's Cascades course.
Format of play at this year's Preview begins with an 18-hole practice round on Saturday, September 25th with tee times starting at 12:30 p.m. Official competition takes off on Sunday with a 36-hole shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The final 18 holes will be played Monday, Sept. 27 with staggered tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The 2005 NCAA Golf Championships, again hosted by both Loyola College and Caves Valley, will take place on June 1-4 at Caves Valley, a Tom Fazio-designed course, which opened in 1991. Caves Valley hosted the 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur, won by Jerry Courville, the aforementioned 2002 U.S. Senior Open, won by Don Pooley in a playoff with Tom Watson, and the 1997 and 2004 A.J.G.A. Canon Cup Tournaments, which pits the 10 best boys and 10 best girls from east of the Mississippi River against the 10 best boys and 10 best girls from west of the Mississippi River in a Ryder Cup format.