Sept. 24, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s golf team will hit the road again this week as the team travels to South Kent, Conn., for the Hartford Hawks Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
The Greyhounds will play at the par-72 Bull’s Bridge Golf Course against some of the region’s top teams. Loyola will compete against Hartford, Bryant, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Drexel, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Fairfield, Hofstra, Holy Cross, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Sacred Heart, St. John’s, St. Joseph's and Temple in a 15-team field.
Head Coach Chris Baloga will take a slightly different squad to the Invitational than in the first three events this year. Loyola will sport a lineup of Andrew McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham), Ryan McCarthy (Silver Spring, Md./Gonzaga College H.S), Patrick McCormick (Weston, Fla./University School), Alex Redfearn (Boynton Beach, Fla./Pope John Paul II) and Jonathan Ross (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township), reflecting who has played well this season at tournaments and in practice.
“McGill and Ross have played pretty well in practice and you have to go with the hot players,” Baloga said. “We’re always trying to go with the guys who give us the best chance to win.”
Alex Redfearn helped the team to a 10th place finish at The McLaughlin last week by finishing 1-over for a tie for 15th. Redfearn followed an opening round 73 with two rounds of 1-under 69 play.
Ryan McCarthy finished seven shots behind Redfearn at The McLaughlin in a tie for 44th and finished in a tie for 12th at The Manor Intercollegiate two weeks ago, also recording the lowest round of the tournament for the Greyhounds.
Patrick McCormick shot a 10-over last week at The McLaughlin but did post a 1-under 69 in the final round. The McLaughlin came a week after McCormick made an impressive showing at The Manor Intercollegiate, shooting 7-over on the weekend to finish in a team-high tie for eighth.
Freshman Andrew McGill provided a strong collegiate debut last week by leading the Greyhounds at the Bucknell Fall Invitational, posting a low-round score of 71 en route to a tie for 16th.
Rounding out the group will be Jonathan Ross, who also played his first tournament of the year at the Bucknell Fall Invitational. Ross finished one shot back of McGill, posting a three round score of 225 to finish in a tie for 22nd.
Baloga has charged the group with avoiding the high first rounds that have given the team problems this season despite improved scores over the following two rounds.
“The goal this week is putting more emphasis on starting strong. We don’t want to put ourselves in a hole right out of the gate,” said Baloga. “Everybody’s already played at least one tournament, so all the jitters should be out.”
Loyola saw much of its competition last week at The McLaughlin, where the team battled its way to a 10th-place finish. Baloga said starting strong against familiar opponents will go a long way through 54 holes. The team begins with two rounds totaling 36 holes on Monday and a final round on Tuesday.
“If we get off to a good start and play solid, I think we’ll have a good chance,” Baloga said.