Loyola Overcomes 13-Shot Deficit, Leads At Horizon League Championships

loycMUSTANGS.COM Senior Erik Hoops shot a one-under 71 in round two at the Horizon League Championships
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Senior Erik Hoops shot a one-under 71 in round two at the Horizon League Championships
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April 28, 2012

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Erik Hoops and Sean Hickey each fired one-under-par rounds of 71 today to help the Loyola University Chicago men's golf team post a team score of 291 in round two at the Horizon League Championships at Mission Inn Resort. A total team effort by the Ramblers helped them overcome a 13-stroke deficit heading into today and as the tournament heads into its final round, Loyola (605) holds a two-shot advantage on Green Bay (607). The top six teams are separated by a mere 13 strokes.

One day after battling through stifling conditions and putting up uncharacteristic scores, Hoops and Hickey each rebounded to shoot one-under 71s today, with Hickey's score matching his season low, which was set at the first meet of the season at the John Piper Intercollegiate.

Freshman Nick Dennis shot a two-over 74 and is tied for seventh place among all golfers with a 151 (77-74) and sophomore Nick Willenborg was consistent, posting his second round of 75 in as many days. Willenborg is tied for second overall with a 150 (75-75) and Alex Cusumano notched a four-over 76 today.

Lucas Kim of Detroit leads the field with a 36-hole score of 147 (74-73). Loyola's team score of 291 today was 12 shots better than any other team in round two.

With only 18 holes left to play at the Horizon League Championships, Loyola is in the driver's seat as it looks to earn its first-ever NCAA tournament berth. The winner of the Horizon League Championships secures an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. Eastern tomorrow.

Team Results Through Two Rounds
1. Loyola - 314-291=605
2. Green Bay - 301-306=607
3. Detroit - 303-307=610
4. Cleveland State - 304-307=611
5. Valparaiso - 304-310=614
6. Butler - 315-303=618
7. Wright State - 318-307=625
8. Youngstown State - 315-314=629