Sept. 2, 2012
VERONA, N.Y. - Junior Alex Cusumano posted a score of 149 (72-77) to lead the Loyola University Chicago men's golf team through 36 holes of competition today at the Turning Stone Intercollegiate at the Kaluhyat Course. The Ramblers, who are playing in their first tournament of the 2012 fall campaign, tallied a team score of 603 (294-309) today and sit in 10th place in the 13-team field heading into tomorrow's final round.
Loyola got off to a fast start and through round one, found itself in fourth place thanks to a team score of 294, which placed them behind only host Missouri (276), Louisville (285) and Memphis (290).
Cusumano, who had a breakthrough season in 2011-12, earning All-Horizon League honors and helping the Ramblers to their first-ever NCAA Regional appearance, picked up where he left off in the spring, shooting an even-par 72 in round one before totaling a five-over 77 in today's second round to pace Loyola.
The Ramblers also received a strong performance from junior Nick Willenborg, who shot a three-under 69 in the opening round before turning in an 82 in round two (69-82=151). Senior Brian Van De Motter notched a 152 (77-75), with sophomore Nick Dennis (76-79=155) and freshman PJ Riner (84-78=162) rounding out the lineup.
Missouri (559), which is hosting the tournament, holds a nine-stroke lead over Louisville (568) through 36 holes of play and the Tigers' Jace Long sits atop the leaderboard after posting identical scores of six-under-par 66 for a total of 132 today.
The teams wrap up play at the Turning Stone Intercollegiate with 18 holes of golf (shotgun start) tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern.
Team Results Through Two Rounds
1. Missouri - 276-283=559
2. Louisville - 285-283=568
3. Memphis - 290-287=577
4. Central Connecticut State - 297-287=584
5. IPFW - 296-297=593
6. Villanova - 298-296=594
7. Army - 301-295=596
8. Cleveland State - 305-293=598
9. Canisius - 299-303=602
10. Loyola - 294-309=603
11. Cincinnati - 311-302=613
12. Saint Peter's - 307-306=613
13. Delaware - 315-303=618