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Golf Heads To Chapel Hill For NCAA Regionals

May 12, 2015


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Opponent NCAA Regional Tournament
Date Thursday, May 14 - Saturday, May 16
Tee Times Thursday
Location Chapel Hill, N.C.| UNC Finley Golf Course
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HOUND HIGHLIGHTS
The Loyola University Maryland men's golf team is making its eighth-straight NCAA Regional appearance after winning conference titles in as many years.
Loyola is currently tied for the longest-active streak of conference titles in NCAA Division I men's golf. The Greyhounds won six-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships (2008-13), before moving to the Patriot League and earning back-to-back titles in 2014 and `15. Wichita State has also won eight-straight titles as members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Sophomore Matt Oshrine earned medalist honors at the 2015 Patriot League Championships to tie the school record for individual wins in a season, picking up his third first-place finish.
Freshman Jeremy Wall finished runner-up at the league championships, one stroke shy of Oshrine, to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors. He's the third freshman (Bart George 2012 and Jimmy Dengler 2013) under head coach Chris Baloga to earn the award.

MAINTAINING SUCCESS
Despite switching conferences in 2014, Loyola won eight-straight conference championships tied for the most in NCAA Division I men's golf. Wichita State is the only other program to compileeight-consecutive titles as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
While in the MAAC, the Greyhounds captured 15 total titles, including the last six while they were members of the league. Loyola competed in the MAAC from 1989 to 2013.
Loyola continued its success after joining the Patriot League for the 2014 season, winning the inaugural title and then a second-straight in 2015 to run its stretch of conference titles to eight-straight.

PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Loyola captured its eighth-straight conference title and second-straight in the Patriot League, finishing the weekend at 2-under 862 and edging the U.S. Military Academy by six strokes.
Sophomore Matt Oshrine earned medalist honors with a 1-under 215 and was the lone player to finish under par. Freshman Jeremy Wall was one stroke back and finished second.
Oshrine became the first Loyola player to win the Patriot Leaue title and the first to take top honors at a conference tournament since Jay Mulieri won the MAAC crown in 2012.

UNC - CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL FIELD
During the 2014-15 campaign, Loyola faced six of the 12 competitors in the UNC - Chapel Hill Regional field.
The Greyhounds finished ahead of both Penn State and Miami of Ohio on two separate occasions. Loyola tied for first at the Middleburg Invitational, beating the Nittany Lions by nine strokes and Miami of Ohio by 19 strokes.
Prior to the spring season, the Greyhounds bested the RedHawks by 12 strokes at the Homewood Hilton Airport Invite.
Loyola has also played tournaments with UNC - Chapel Hill, Kennesaw State, Clemson University and Florida State. The Greyhounds only trailed the Seminoles by one stroke in par 3 scoring at the Homewood tournament.

UNDER BALOGA
In five years under head coach Chris Baloga, the Greyhounds have had two individual medalists at conference championships, with Jay Muliere earning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference McLeod Memorial Award in 2012 and Matt Oshrine winning the 2015 Patriot League title.
Baloga has also coached three conference rookies of the year, including the 2012 MAAC Rookie of the Year Bart George and the 2014 and `15 rookies Jimmy Dengler and Jeremy Wall, respectively.
The Greyhounds have won five regular-season tournaments and claimed seven top-individual finishes under Baloga.
The Towson, Maryland native has also found success off the course, coaching 2012 seniors Pat McCormick and Ryan McCarthy to Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors. Two years later, Dengler earned a spot on the Patriot League All-Academic Team, followed by Wall and Oshrine in 2015.

LAST YEAR AT REGIONALS
The Greyhounds return four golfers from last year's squad that qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships in Columbia, Missouri.
As a team, Loyola finished 13th and just four strokes out of 10th place with a 24-over-par 888.

FINISH STRONG
Senior Bart George will be making his fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance at UNC.
The Arnold, Maryland native helped Loyola to four-consecutive conference titles and was named the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
That year, George finished tied for 68th with a 17-over-par 230 (74-78-78) in Athens, Georgia. The following year, he improved to a tie for 32nd at the 2013 regional championships in Tallahassee, Florida. George carded a 1-over-par 217 (73-73-71).
Last year, George tied for 62nd with a 13-over-par 229 (77-75-77).

OSHRINE SHINING
Sophomore Matt Oshrine has found success on-and-off the course this season.
He won three tournaments throughout the 2014-15 campaign, tying the school record for individual wins in a single season. Oshrine swept all four of the league's golfer of the month honors, and after competing in all 11 tournaments this season, his 71.42 stroke average is the best of any Loyola golfer since 1994.
On September 13, 2014, Oshrine broke the program's 54-hole school record, shooting 16-under-par 192 to win the Doc Gimmler Tournament.
The Baltimore, Maryland native was named the Golfer of the Year after concluding the final round as the only player to finish under par.
Oshrine, a business administration major concentrating in finance, carries a 3.892 cumulative GPA, which earned him Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.


 

 

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