April 27, 2013
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Freshman PJ Riner fired a three-over-par 75 to lead the Loyola University Chicago men's golf team in the second round of the Horizon League Championship at Mission Inn Resort.
Valparaiso used a second round score of 289 to charge into first-place in the team standings with a two-round total of 590. Loyola's Saturday team score of 305 brought their total to 604 through the first two rounds and has the Ramblers in third-place but in striking distance heading into Sunday's final round.
"We got off to a great start today and it looked like we were going to take control of the tournament," said Loyola head men's golf coach Adam Kwiatkoski. "We didn't finish well today on the back and fell into third-place. I'm proud of the way PJ played. He's been consistently solid for us. To be successful tomorrow, we'll need everyone to step up and post some low numbers."
Riner (76-75) shaved a stroke off of his opening round score today. The Johns Creek, Ga. product started his day strong as he finished even through his first nine holes. Nick Dennis' (72-76) second round proved to be a battle for the sophomore but he used a pair of birdies to put himself in a tie for sixth-place heading into Sunday. Andrew Bailey (Cleveland State) currently leads the pack as he sits at two-under-par.
Senior Brian Van De Motter (81-77) improved his score by four strokes today. Van De Motter, out of Rocky River, Ohio, used two early birdies to help power his way through round two. Junior Nick Willenborg (77-77) was consistent, posting his second round of 77 in as many days. Junior Alex Cusumano (74-78) rounded out the Loyola lineup this afternoon.
With only 18 holes left to play in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Loyola will look to make a final day charge to claim the program's second consecutive Horizon League crown. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning.
Team Standings Through Round Two
1. Valparaiso - 301-289=590
2. Cleveland State - 300-292=592
3. Loyola - 299-305=604
4. Green Bay - 304-302=606
5. Detroit - 311-299=610
6. Youngstown State - 312-309=621
7. Wright State - 317-310=627