Senior John Kryscio, a team captain, has enjoyed an enviable career in his four varsity seasons with the Ramblers. The Glenview resident and graduate of Attea Middle School added to his list of accomplishments Tuesday after Loyola captured the Class 3A regional championship at Glencoe Golf Club, the second team title during his career. On Monday at Winnetka Golf Club, Kryscio hopes to help the Ramblers to their second sectional title in four years and third trip to the state tournament as a team. He will be looking to get to Bloomington’s The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course for a fourth consecutive season. Kryscio’s best finish was a tie for 19th as a sophomore. His sister, Grace Kryscio, is a sophomore on Loyola’s girls varsity golf team.
MAROON & GOLD: You’ve had a remarkable run at Loyola. Have you spent time reflecting on your career, or are you waiting until it’s over?
JOHN KRYSCIO: I have looked back on it a lot lately. It’s been super special. It will hit me more when the season ends, but I hope I have a little more time before that happens.
M&G: What did you expect out of yourself coming into high school?
JK: As a freshman, I asked to try out for varsity, and my first goal was to make the team. Then, it was to make the lineup. When I made it to the state tournament as a freshman, I thought that would be something cool to do for four years. It’s been a really cool experience.
M&G: What are some of the bigger junior tournaments you’ve played?
JK: The Western Junior. I played in it the last two years. Going into my junior year, I missed making the U.S. Junior Amateur by one stroke.
M&G: Despite your talent and strong résumé, you have chosen not play golf in college. How did you arrive at that decision?
JK: It was difficult. I’ve grown up around the game. To think I won’t play competitive golf at school for the next years is hard to imagine. But I see how dedicated the kids are who want to play in college. I don’t know if I want to spend seven hours a day practicing or playing. I know a lot of people who play in college, and they say it’s a grind. It’s golf, school, bed. I don’t know if I have that in me. Even though I won’t play college golf, it’s a game I can play for the rest of my life.
M&G: Tell me about your experience as a caddie at this year’s Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe. You carried the bag for 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad, who played at both the Masters and U.S. Open this year. Also in your group was former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Brad Dalke, who helped Oklahoma to the NCAA national title.
JK: Tony was a super good dude. He really was there to compete in the golf tournament and nothing else. Watching Brad and Stewart’s ball-striking was incredible. They were able to fit shots into all different kinds of holes. They left themselves exactly where they wanted to be. It was impressive to watch.
M&G: What’s your most memorable moment on the golf course?
JK: I made a hole-in-one two summers ago at a tournament in Wisconsin at The Legend at Merrill Hills. I’ve never been more excited. I hit an 8-iron.
M&G: What are the best courses you’ve played?
JK: In the U.S, it’s Friar’s Head [on New York’s Long Island]. It’s a super neat design by [Bill] Coore and [Ben] Crenshaw. Outside of the U.S., I’ve played at Muirfield and Royal Dornoch in Scotland. Those were incredible. Muirfield has hosted several [British] Open Championships, and Dornoch is definitely one of the top courses in the world.
M&G: Who are your favorite professional players to follow?
JK: I love Dustin Johnson. I’m a big Justin Rose fan. I’ve always loved Tiger, but he’s not really around anymore. Of the younger guys, I like Justin Thomas. I’m not a huge Jordan Spieth fan.
M&G: Give me your winners at next year’s majors.
JK: Rory McIlroy at Masters. Justin Rose at U.S. Open. For the Open, I’d like to say Matt Kuchar. He’s got to win one eventually. Jason Day at the PGA Championship.