Oct. 8, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - After being introduced to the challenges of collegiate golf at Ballymeade Golf Course, a youthful Loyola team looks to continue its growth this weekend at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in Norman, Ill. The 54-hole event at Illinois State University hosts 15 teams and will take place Sunday and Monday.
Coach Tom Beidelman sounded optimistic that last weekend's Hawks Invitational, which featured an elite field and a testy dose of New England weather, was a great benefit for the `Hounds.
"That was the toughest test we will face all year, and I think our team can build on what we saw there," Beidelman said. "I couldn't have picked a better event to get the guys acclimated, and it should help us get prepared for this weekend."
For the Greyhounds, who feature three freshmen and one sophomore in their starting five, experience is hard to come by.
Loyola finished 13th out of the 23-team field at Ballymeade, but the team carded a final-day 296, which ranked ninth. The team improved by 14 shots from the first day to the second, with five only teams bettering that mark.
Weibring will be just the second tournament of the season for Loyola with their new starting five. The tournament will play host to a very formidable set of opponents, including Illinois, the tournament's defending champs, as well as Illinois State, which will be playing their home course.
Coach Beidelman said the course should present a lot of challenges, and he looks forward to competing against some Big 10 schools his team wouldn't normally face.
Senior Michael Mulieri anchors the Loyola squad. He fired a 4-under 68 in last Tuesday's round, tied for 20th in the field. He rebounded nicely from a sub-par first round, and his 11-shot difference between the first and second round was tied for best in the 118-golfer field.
Mulieri's abilities have also been lauded outside of the golf course, as well.
"Michael has been ideal captains for a number of reasons, most notably in helping along the younger guys get adapted," said Beidelman, in his eighth year heading the program.
Sophomore Alex Redfearn takes over as No. 2 duties for the `Hounds. His 152 at Weibring was tied for 54th in the field.
Jay Mulieri finished tied for 44th in his first collegiate event at Ron Moore with a three-round total of 223, matching his older brother Michael's total. He ended up tied for 63rd with a 154 at Ballymeade, while McCarthy tied for 68th and McCormick tied for 108th.
The Greyhounds finished 15th in the season opener at the Ron Moore Invitational, but the team was forced to play with only four players after Redfearn fell ill upon his arrival to Denver.
Weibring Golf Club is a par 70, with maximum yardage of 6,730. In 2000, the course went under extensive renovations with the help of former PGA Champions Tour member D.A. Weibring.
A cross-country trip to Santa Clara, Calif., to play in the Santa Clara Invitational is on deck next weekend for Loyola.