The Loyola golf team opened the season at the Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke University Golf Course in Durham, N.C.
Photos from the practice round at the NCAA Golf Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Men's golf in action during September 2013.
Photos of the 2012-2013 Loyola University Maryland golf team.
In August of 2010, Chris Baloga became the fourth individual in nearly four decades to lead Loyola’s tradition-rich golf program and he hasn’t skipped a beat since taking over the helm.
The two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has stretched Loyola’s win streak to eight-straight conference titles, tying the Greyhounds for the nation’s longest-active streak of conference titles in NCAA Division I men’s golf. He’s advanced Loyola to the NCAA Regional Championships in each of his five seasons and has had two Greyhounds claim medalist honors at the conference championships, while another, Patrick McCormick, tied for the low score at the 2011 MAAC Championships before losing in a playoff.
Jay Mulieri, Baloga’s first PING All-Region Team honoree, won the McLeod Trophy as a senior in 2012, joining his older brother, Michael, in becoming the first pair of siblings to win the MAAC individual title. That same year, Mulieri swept the MAAC Golfer of the Month awards and set a new school record with his 71.83 stroke average.
Matt Oshrine then put together one of the finest seasons for a Greyhound golfer in 2015. As just a sophomore, Oshrine swept the Patriot League Golfer of the Month awards, giving him more than any other golfer in League history, and he won a school-record three tournaments, including breaking the tournament records at the Doc Gimmler and Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate before claiming the Patriot League Championship. He also broke Mulieri’s school record by shooting 71.72 for the year, en route to becoming the first Greyhound under Baloga to be twice named a PING All-Region performer.
As a group, Baloga’s 2015 team produced the best scoring average in program history, with an average score of 292.78, while his 2012 squad combined to break, and still holds, the MAAC Tournament record by nine strokes, finishing with a team score of 4-over 868.
Recruiting wise, Baloga has continued to ensure future success in the program, as well. In just five seasons, he’s had three golfers named the conference’s rookie of the year, as Bart George and Jimmy Dengler picked up MAAC Rookie of the Year accolades in 2012 and 2013, respectively, before Jeremy Wall earned top-rookie honors after finishing runner-up to Oshrine by one stroke at the 2015 Patriot League Championships.
Academically, Baloga’s golfers are just as successful. In 2015, Oshrine was named the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year for Golf, while Connor Flach joined him on the All-Patriot League Academic Team, making Loyola the lone program with more than one honoree on the five-member team.
Dengler also earned Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the GCAA in that year, making him Loyola’s first national honoree since 2012 when McCormick and Ryan McCarthy became Loyola’s first pair of golfers to earn the honor in the same season.
In addition, Baloga’s squads have been named a GCAA All-Academic Team each of his five years, while, individually, Baloga has produced four All-America Scholars, one Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Golf, three Academic All-Patriot League selections and 21 Academic Honor Roll honorees.
An accomplished amateur golfer, Baloga led the Maryland Player of the Year rankings in 2010 and 2011 after finishing second in 2009 & 2014, third in 2008 and fourth in 2012. In September 2014 Baloga advanced to match play at the USGA Mid-Amateur at Saucon Valley. He competed in the inaugural USGA Four-Ball Championship in May 2015 at the Olympic Club and again qualified to compete in the 2016 edition at Winged Foot. In 2010, Baloga qualified for the USGA Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay GC.
The Maryland State Golf Team also selected Baloga to play for Maryland at the USGA Men's State Team Championship in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014 but he was only able to compete in 2009.
In addition to his national amateur competition, Baloga has won several amateur titles around the region. Baloga took first place at the 2010 and 2012 Washington Metropolitan Mid-Amateur Championship, the 2010 Maryland Mid-Amateur Championship, the 2008 and 2011 Maryland Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the 2008 Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship. He also qualified for U.S. Open sectionals in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 and has made the cut for match play at the Maryland Amateur nine times.
A former Division I student-athlete, Baloga played college golf for Towson University, where he earned Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete honors all four years and served as a co-captain his senior year.
Baloga resides in Towson with his wife, Marci, and son, Hudson.
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