Ryan Savarie (pictured above) convinced himself good things would happen if he stayed patient Wednesday at the Catholic League’s tournament.
The junior’s personal message proved to be true as he birdied two of his final four holes to shoot a season-low 1-under 71 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club’s No. 3 course in Lemont.
“That final stretch is scoreable, so I knew I could make some birdies,” said Savarie, who made four birdies on the day.
Senior Chip Savarie matched his brother’s 71, while seniors John Kryscio and Ben Sherman both shot 74s. But Loyola’s 2-over 290 wasn’t enough to win the team title. Fenwick edged out the Ramblers with its 288.
Loyola head coach Tim Kane said Ryan Savarie’s score didn’t surprise him. After all, he had turned in three consecutive rounds of 75 leading up to the league tournament. Savarie was never worse than 1 over for his round Wednesday.
“Each week, he seems to get more confident,” Kane said. “It was nice to see him close out his round like that.”
Savarie’s score from the No. 5 spot was a testament to Loyola’s strength, according to Kryscio. Same with Sherman, the No. 6 player who teed it up for the first time at a varsity conference tournament. Juniors Jack Crawshaw and Peter Radler, whose scores didn’t count in the final tally, each carded 75 at Cog Hill.
“We are deep,” he said. “The sixth guy in our lineup could be a No. 1 player on most teams in the state.”
Sherman said he felt comfortable from the start. He took advantage of the par 5s by making three birdies on those four holes.
“I am happy with the result, but I could have played better,” he said. “I am making progress with my game.”
Up next for the Ramblers is the Class 3A regional Tuesday at Glencoe Golf Club, where they are the tournament host. The sectional is Oct. 9 at Winnetka Golf Club.
A three-time state qualifier, Kryscio said he’s ready to return to The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington.
“My game feels good,” he said. “Everything is dialed in right now, but I am not looking past the regionals. You have to play well there first before you can think about what’s next.”
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola