April 6, 2013
Peoria, Ill. - Junior Alex Cusumano and sophomore Nick Dennis each posted opening day scores of 152 as the Loyola University Chicago men's golf team opened play at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Collegiate Classic in Peoria, Ill. The Ramblers sit in second-place after Saturday's opening two rounds and are just a mere six shots behind Horizon League rival Valparaiso heading into Sunday's final round.
Very windy conditions challenged the competitors all day at the Weaver Ridge Golf Club. Cusumano (76-76) and Dennis (74-78) are Loyola's top players on the individual leaderboard, as both are tied for sixth-place. The duo is five strokes off the pace being set by Valparaiso's Joe Harris (75-72) who currently leads all competitors after day one.
Like Cusumano and Dennis, senior Brian Van De Motter and freshman PJ Riner each matched each other by the end of the day as well. Van De Motter (79-76) carded an opening round 79 but shaved three strokes off that number in the second round. Riner (78-77) also improved his score after getting a round under his belt this afternoon.
Junior Nick Willenborg (84-73) rebounded from a tough opening round by firing a one-over par 73 later in the afternoon, the best score posted by any Rambler on Saturday. Sophomore Anthony Maroon (85-87), who is competing as an individual this weekend, rounded out the Loyola lineup.
Final round play at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Collegiate Classic will begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.