Hoops Shoots Opening-Round 74 At NCAA Men's Golf Regional
Loyola is four shots out of 12th place in stacked field in Norman, Okla.
May 17, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - Senior Erik Hoops' two-over-par 74 highlighted a strong first day of play for the Loyola University Chicago men's golf team at the NCAA Regional in Norman, Okla., today. The Ramblers posted a team score of 307, which puts them in 14th place, just four shots out of 12th, at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. No. 1 Texas and No. 24 Florida State are tied for the team lead with identical scores of 279 after 18 holes of play.
The Ramblers, who are playing in their first-ever NCAA Regional after winning the Horizon League Championship last month, received solid play throughout the lineup with Hoops' two-over 74 leading the way.
After starting the day with a triple bogey, sophomore Alex Cusumano settled down and finished with a four-over 76, while Nick Willenborg added a 78, Nick Dennis carded a 79, and Sean Hickey tallied an 82 for the Ramblers.
Loyola finds itself just three shots behind No. 47 Middle Tennessee State (304) for 13th place, and just four shots in back of San Diego (303).
Texas' Jordan Spieth, the top-ranked player in the country, sits atop the leaderboard after 18 holes of play thanks to a six-under 66 today, which gives him a one-stroke advantage over Brooke Koepka of Florida State (67).
The teams return to the course tomorrow morning for 18 more holes of the 54-hole event, with Loyola's first tee time slated for 9:40 a.m. Central.
Team Results Through Round One