Junior Jack Crawshaw walked off the 18th green Tuesday with the look of someone who played one of the worst rounds of his career, according to Loyola head coach Tim Kane.
As it turned out, Crawshaw’s 2-over 74 was good enough to earn medalist honors at the Class 3A regional tournament at Glencoe Golf Club.
“Jack has to learn that golf at this time of the year is a grind,” Kane said. “It wears on you. But you grit your teeth and do your best.”
The Ramblers posted 302 to win the team title by six strokes over New Trier (308). Glenbrook North (314) was the third and final team to qualify for the sectional at Winnetka Golf Club on Monday. It was the first time since 2012 that the Ramblers finished first in both the team and individual standings at a regional tournament.
Crawshaw went bogey-birdie-bogey to start his round, but he made birdie on the par-4 ninth for a 1-under 35. As the wind freshened on the back, he said he struggled with controlling his ball flight, contributing to a 3-over 39.
“All in all, it was not that bad,” said Crawshaw, who made birdie at the par-5 closing hole. “I have high standards for myself. In my mind, I could have gone low.”
While a graduate of Winnetka’s Faith, Hope and Charity, this is Crawshaw’s first year at Loyola. The Kent State commit spent his freshman and sophomore years at golf academies in Florida. Tuesday was only his third 18-hole tournament this season.
Senior Chip Savarie and junior Ryan Savarie each shot 75 to tie for second. Junior Peter Radler rounded out the scoring with a 78. Senior John Kryscio followed with a 79, and senior Ben Sherman carded an 83. Crawshaw, Radler, Sherman and Ryan Savarie all are playing at the state series for the first time.
“To play in windy conditions on a difficult golf course with the pressure of the state tournament, I am very proud of how we did,” Kane said. “For some of them, this was their first taste of this type of golf. They really preserved out there.”
Kane said the Ramblers will be prepared for next week’s test at Winnetka. The top three teams advance to the state tournament Oct. 13-14 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course.
“It’s a very challenging golf course,” Kane said of the Winnetka Park District track. “It’s tight, and there is trouble on almost every hole. I’m happy to have a team that realizes that. They know what they are up against.”
Pictured above (left to right): Ben Sherman, Chip Savarie, John Kryscio, Jack Crawshaw, Peter Radler, Ryan Savarie