It wasn’t the final weekend the Loyola boys golf team envisioned at the start of the season, but the Ramblers still turned in one of the program’s more successful campaigns in program history this fall.
Loyola shot 302-320 for a 46-over 622 to finish fifth at the Class 3A state tournament at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington. Hinsdale Central won its fifth consecutive state championship at 17 over, and Red Devils senior Brendan O’Reilly, a University of Illinois commit, finished first at 2 under.
Senior Connor Prassas, who plans to play in college at Michigan, was the low Loyola player after tying for 11th at 7 over. Senior Reb Banas, a Villanova recruit, tied for 21st at 10 over. He was followed by senior Jack McGuire (T32, 13 over), junior John Kryscio (T55, 17 over), junior Chip Savarie (T58, 18 over) and senior Kevin Meehan (T70, 21 over).
“On a whole, it was a good season, a very good season, one of our best,” Loyola head coach Tim Kane said. “But we had higher aspirations [at the state tournament]. Last weekend is what we were playing for all year. It’s going to sting for awhile.”
This season, the Ramblers won the Catholic League championship, the Glenbrook North Regional title and tied for the lowest score at the Loyola Sectional, losing the championship to Glenbrook South on a fifth scorecard tiebreaker.