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Loyola Men’s Golf wins its sixth conference championship: the Greyhound

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The Loyola Greyhounds won the 2024 Patriot League championship in dominant fashion at the Saucon Valley Country Club Grace Course. According to the Official site of Loyola Greyhounds, they won by 13 shots in this tournament held on April 28. The Hounds started the tournament in second place after the first of a three-round tournament, but never looked back as they took the lead after the second day. In addition to winning the team championship, fifth-place graduate student Carlo Pizzano also took home the individual medalist honors with a score of two over par (73-71-74).

He expressed the nerves that come with competing.

“I didn’t sleep at all, maybe three hours of sleep that night.”

He felt like par would be a good score, but knew it would be close.

“I felt like I could have gone low, but I made a few mistakes that set me back. I thought if I could play a clear round, I could separate myself.”

James Rico ’26 was right behind him with three over par (72-73-74) and tied for second after three impressive rounds. Both expressed the difficulties the Grace Course presented.

“The greens were fast and firm… it wasn’t easy to make birdies… one bad shot and the hole is really away from you,” Rico said.

Pizzano said: “You had to be on the fairway to feel like you could attack… it was a very fair test, which would allow the best team to come out on top.”

The Hounds had a successful season, winning the Ross Collegiate Classic this spring at Mid Pines in Southern Pines, North Carolina. They had several other top five finishes between the fall and spring seasons.

Pizzano added that seeing different types of shots off the tee and around the tee would help them be ready for the different lies and shot shapes they will have to play in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

We played well across the board. All six Greyhounds finished in the top 30 of the tournament. Pizzano and Rico are two of them, as well as Gustavo Rangel ’26 and Mike Crowley ’24.

Rangel finished T13 at eight over par (73-80-71), followed by Crowley T17 at 11 over par (79-74-74) who finished in the top 20. Jackson Roman ’25 finished T24 at 14 over par with rounds of (81-74-75) and graduate student Turner Foster at T30 with 17 over par (78-76-79), respectively.

With the win at the Patriot League Championship, they qualified for the regional portion of the NCAA Championship with the automatic bid they received for the win. The regional starts on May 13 and includes three rounds. They travel to the University Club where they will play against teams from Auburn University, the University of Virginia and Texas Tech University, among other top 25 ranked teams. The season continues in Louisiana with the team’s hopes of going to the National Championship in Carlsbad at Omni La Costa.

Pizzano says this is the best team he was a part of during his time with the Hounds, and the stats back it up. They averaged 2.73 over par per round as a team over the course of the season.

“It was the best scoring group we’ve had in the first five… it’s going to be a tough three days, but we’re more than capable of doing that,” Pizzano said.

They use the underdog mentality to their advantage with their high seed.

“What is there to lose? We are the thirteenth seed; we have no expectations. We still have a lot of fight left in us,” Rico said.