Seniors John Kryscio and Chip Savarie both played on Loyola’s varsity team for four years.
When senior John Kryscio signed his scorecard Saturday to signal the completion of his high school career at the Class 3A state tournament, he went to find senior Chip Savarie, who still was on the golf course.
According to Kryscio’s mother, Michelle Kryscio, her son walked with Savarie up the 18th fairway at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington.
“He said he started his career with Chip and was going to finish it with Chip,” she said.
Two two captains helped the Ramblers finish fifth in the 12-team field with a 32-over 608 (302-306). They were six strokes out of third place and a state trophy. Hinsdale Central won its sixth consecutive state title. Lake Forest took second, and Stevenson was third.
“Chip and John led in different ways,” Loyola head coach Tim Kane said.
According to Kane, Kryscio was “good at talking players up” and instrumental in senior Ben Scherman’s development into a major contributor late in the season. Scherman won the sectional title at Winnetka Golf Club.
“I give John a lot of credit for what he did to help Ben improve,” Kane said. “He talked to Ben about the courses he was going to play, about club selection.”
Meanwhile, Savarie impressed Kane by the way he navigated each round.
“Chip always was fully confident in his game,” Kane said. “He always stuck to his plan. He’s someone who could turn around a round. He showed a lot of maturity on the course.”
In Bloomington, Savarie carded rounds of 72-79 to tie for 26th at 7 over. Competing at the state tournament for the fourth time, Kryscio shot 81-80 to tie for 70th. Scherman, the third senior in the six-player lineup, tied for 53rd (76-80).
Playing on the final weekend of the season for the first time, junior captain Peter Radler took team honors by tying for eighth at 3 over (74-73).
“I’m proud of him,” Kane said. “He puts a lot of work into his game and takes practice seriously. He stepped up his game when we needed it.”
Junior Jack Crawshaw tied for 39th (79-75), and junior Ryan Savarie tied for 70th (80-81). Both were making their debuts at the state tournament.
“The improvement we showed over the course of the season was tremendous,” Kane said. “It really was a pleasure to see them build up their confidence each week. I definitely consider this a successful season.”
GIRLS: The Ramblers played their best golf of the Class AA state tournament in Saturday’s second round at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur to finish eighth in the 12-team field.
After posting 326 on Friday, Loyola rebounded with a 314, led by sophomore Grace Kryscio’s 4-over 76. Despite the improvement, the Ramblers were unable to pick up any spots in the standings.
New Trier finished first. The Trevians were followed by Barrington and Hinsdale Central.
Senior Nina Rutkowski capped her career by tying for 30th after rounds of 76-79 for an 11-over 155. Sophomore Mary Boesen tied for 51st by carding 83-78. Kryscio made the biggest jump, going from a first-round 90 to Saturday’s 76 to tie for 69th. Senior Tatum Koehn tied for 76th (87-81), junior Lilly Gentzkow tied for 78th (83-86) and junior Shea Graf tied for 82nd (84-86).