Greyhounds Golf adds van for team travel

By Brigid Hamilton

Loyola’s golf program is the proud owner of a 2014 Sprinter van.

Acquired through the generosity of supporters of the golf team and the proceeds of Loyola’s annual Golf Invitational, held at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., last spring, the nine-passenger van allows players and coaches to travel together to away games.

“Because golf teams travel long distances and often during the school week, many teams across the country are acquiring these types of vans,” said Mark Harris, director of athletic development at Loyola, who added the branding on the van has served in providing Loyola with great exposure on the highways and at the courses where the Greyhounds compete.

Additional features of the van include bucket seats, ample storage for players’ golf bags and equipment, and lap boards and Wi-Fi, which enable student-athletes to do schoolwork while on the road to away games during the regular season.

“The van has been a tremendous addition to the golf program. It has made travel so much more comfortable and allows us to drive to just about all of our tournaments instead of having to fly. In travel expenses alone, I would estimate in this first year we saved $10,000 by having this vehicle instead of renting and flying, as we were,” said Head Coach Chris Baloga.

The van traveled to several tournaments this season, including the Patriot League Championships—where Loyola won its eighth-straight conference title and its second consecutive Patriot League title—and most recently to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Greyhounds’ eighth-straight NCAA appearance.

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