Loyola men’s golf once again makes history at 2017 Carey Collegiate Classic

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(Hattiesburg, Miss.) After a historic outing yesterday which saw the team record the lowest round score in program history, the Loyola University New Orleans men’s golf team returned to the Canebrake Country Club on Tuesday morning to wrap up play at the 2017 Carey Collegiate Classic hosted by William Carey University.

Tuesday was yet another noteworthy afternoon for the Wolf Pack in Hattiesburg, as the team matched its historic 298 (+10) team score from Monday to leave Mississippi with a 596 (+20) which goes down as the lowest 36-hole tournament score in program history.

After ending yesterday in seventh, Loyola’s consistency on Tuesday allowed the Wolf Pack to jump one spot in the final standings to finish the event in sixth place. Loyola was one of only three schools in the tournament to shoot equal or better on day two despite some serious weather conditions at Canebrake.

Carding a 565 (-11), the College of Coastal Georgia ran away with the team title, besting second place William Carey by seven strokes.

Colin Troxler of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College grabbed medalist honors after leading for the entirety of the tournament (137, 66-71, -7).

The story for the Wolf Pack on Tuesday was the strong performance from sophomore Philip Nijoka (SO/Houston, Texas). After ending day one tied for 22nd, Nijoka tallied an even 72 on Tuesday to jump eight spots and finish the tournament tied for 14th.

Hunter Crochet (JR/Lake Charles, La.)’s 148 (74-74, +4) landed the senior tied for 20th while Jose Perez (SO/Pichincha, Ecuador ) dropped seven positions on day two to finish the tournament tied for 23rd with a 150 (73-77, +6).

Making the largest jump in the standings of any Loyola golfer, Ryan Hicks (SO/Santa Monica, Calif.) shaved four strokes off his score from Monday to finish tied for 36th with a 154 (79-75, +10). Mark Nijoka (SO/Houston, Texas) was the final finisher for the Wolf Pack on Tuesday and he left Mississippi with a 157 (77-80, +13) to tie for 41st.

Loyola’s next competition will the Golfweek NAIA Invitational on April 2-3 at the Mission Inn Resort in Florida.

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