Earlier this week, Loyola sophomore Patrick Adler teed it up against professionals for the first time at the Illinois Open at The Glen Club in Glenview.
On Thursday, he was back competing against amateur players his own age.
In his first varsity tournament, Adler shot a 2-over 73 at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale to earn co-medalist honors at St. Ignatius’ invitational. He carded three birdies and made no worse than bogey.
“This should give me some momentum going into the season,” he said.
Although aware of Adler’s talent, Loyola head coach Tim Kane still was impressed with his performance in the season opener.
“That shows he can step right in and play well for us,” Kane said. “I’m very happy with how he did.”
Without their full complement of players — namely seniors Jack Crawshaw and Ryan Savarie — the Ramblers posted 309 to take second in the seven-team field. Hinsdale Central, the six-time defending Class 3A state champions, finished first with 298.
Hinsdale Central sophomore Charlie Hoiberg tied Adler for first place with Adler. Hoiberg is the son of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.
“The kids aren’t rusty, but they are shaking off some nerves when it comes to high school golf, which is different than what they play in the summer,” Kane said. “It’s a different mentality because you’re representing your school. It takes some time getting used to it.
“This is a good start.”
Senior Christopher Lee followed Adler with 75. Senior Peter Radler shot 79, and senior Casey Kenny had 82 to round out the team scoring. Junior Sam Maylee (83) and sophomore Mac Purcell (84) also were in the lineup.
“Christopher has showed me a lot since last season,” Kane said. “He’s much more consistent. He’s also a smart player and level-headed. When he gets into trouble, he makes the right play to get out of it.”
Radler is one of three players returning who played at last year’s Class 3A state tournament at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington, where the Ramblers finished fifth. He tied for eighth place, one of eight top 10s in program history. Crawshaw and Savarie are the other two players back from the 2017 postseason lineup. Crawshaw tied for 39th and Savarie tied for 70th at the state tournament.
This is Kane’s 15th season as head coach. Last year, he led Loyola to titles at both the regional and sectional tournaments, the first time that’s been done in program history.