Sept. 26, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - After two weeks of rest from the season-opening event, the golf team returns to action beginning Sunday with three days of play in the Hawks Invitational to be played at Ballymeade Country Club in North Falmouth on Cape Cod. The 54-hole event will feature 23 teams and be one of the most competitive fields Loyola will face all season.
"This is the best field we will face all year," Greyhounds eighth-year head coach Tom Beidleman said of the upcoming event. "The golf course is a great New England-type golf course. It is expected to be windy and chilly and will be a good test from a physical and mental standpoint."
Three of the players who stepped out in Loyola's first test of the season at the Ron Moore Invitational are back this weekend and will be joined by a pair of promising freshmen.
Anchor Mike Mulieri shot a final-round 73 to finish tied for 44th (223) to weeks ago after posting consecutive 75s on the event's first day. His brother, Jay, opened with a 74 and an even-par 72 before slipping to a 77 to finish with that same three-day total. Sophomore Alex Redfearn battled an illness for his two days in Denver and could only play one of the three rounds, posting a 74 for round two.
Getting their first action of the season are freshmen Patrick McCormick and Ryan McCarthy. The combination that Loyola will play will be a senior (Mike Mulieri), a sophomore (Redfearn) and three freshmen (Jay Mulieri, McCormick and McCarthy).
Among the teams to watch in the field are fellow NCAA Tournament participants from a season ago Baylor, Georgia State, North Carolina State, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian.
Ballymeade Country Club's Par 72 layout is anticipated to play at around 6,900 yards. The Greyhounds will play the first day with Bryant and Seton Hall with each team playing 18 holes on each of the three days with the final round scheudled for Tuesday.
Following the Hawks Invitational, Loyola will again have two weeks off before participating in the Weibring Invitational on October 12-13 in Normal, Ill., hosted by Illinois State University.