Peter Radler’s 77 on Monday at Winnetka Golf Club wasn’t counted toward the Ramblers’ team score at the Class 3A sectional tournament, but that didn’t mean the junior’s score was insignificant.
Radler’s round illustrated the strength of Loyola’s team, which posted a 7-over 291 to finish first and advance to the state tournament at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington for a second consecutive season.
“The depth of this team is incredible,” Loyola head coach Tim Kane said.
New Trier (294) and Lake Park (308) placed 2-3 to qualify for the state tournament, which is Oct. 13-14.
After recording a quadruple bogey on the par-4 eighth hole, Radler stood 6 over for the day. A team captain, he proceeded played his last 10 holes at even par to card a 77.
“Golf is a team sport,” he said. “You have to play like your score is going count. I knew I was hitting the ball well. I had to settle down. I put my head down and kept going. If you get caught up on one hole, it will kill you.”
Senior Chip Savarie and senior Ben Scherman both shot 71s to tie for first place. Scherman made birdie on the first playoff hole to earn medalist honors. It was Scherman’s first appearance at a sectional tournament.
“He came up to me on the fourth hole, and he told me he was swinging it really well,” Kane said. “After that, I stayed out of his way.”
Junior Ryan Savarie (73) and senior John Kryscio (76) completed Loyola’s top four. Junior Jack Crawshaw matched Radler with a 77.
This is the first time in program history the Ramblers have won a regional and sectional title in the same season. Kryscio qualified for the state tournament for a fourth year in a row. Kane said he believes that’s a first, too.
Loyola will be one of the favorites to win the state title, along with sectional champions Hinsdale Central and Lake Forest. Hinsdale Central has won the past five Class 3A state championships. The Ramblers last won a state title in 2001.
GIRLS: Senior Nina Rutkowski bounced back from one of her worst rounds of the season Monday to shoot 76 at Pheasant Run in St. Charles and lead Loyola to the Class AA state tournament.
“That was great to see,” Loyola head coach Carli McKenney said of the team’s No. 1 player. “She stayed positive after [the Class AA Glenbrook North Regional]. There is a lot of pressure at [the sectional tournament], but I told her she has the shots. She’s done it before.”
The Ramblers posted 314 to take second place behind sectional champion New Trier (300). Glenbrook South (319) was the third and final qualifying team. The state tournament is Oct. 13-14 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur.
Junior Lilly Gentzkow and sophomore Mary Boesen each shot 77, while sophomore Grace Kryscio completed the top four with an 84. Junior Shea Graf (88) and senior Tatum Koehn (89) rounded out the Loyola lineup.
McKenney said she was impressed with Boesen’s play.
“It seems as though she likes to be in the heat of competition,” McKenney said. “She didn’t get frazzled at all [Monday]. She likes this environment.”
Loyola is back at the state tournament for the first time since 2015. McKenney was a first-year assistant coach that season when the Ramblers placed second.
“This is where the fun starts,” she said. “We are excited for the opportunity and to see what we can do.”
Pictured above (left to right): Head coach Tim Kane, Chip Savarie, Jack Crawshaw, John Kryscio, Ben Scherman, Peter Radler, Ryan Savarie, assistant coach Mark Nugent