If the Ramblers are going to continue their recent run of postseason success, they will have to rely on a host of players without much varsity experience.
Loyola showed Monday its potential by taking second among 12 teams at Hersey’s invitational at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. The Ramblers shot 302 to finish two strokes behind Glenbrook North. All four of Loyola’s scores were posted by juniors.
“We’re pretty young, and it will be a learning experience all year long,” Loyola head coach Tim Kane said. “It will be a different than in years past, but I’m not worried. We are looking at the regular season as preparation.”
Mac Purcell carded a 2-over 74 to lead Loyola. John Rosinski (75), Patrick Adler (76) and Cameron Boyd (77) rounded out the lineup.
From that foursome, Adler is the only one who saw significant playing time last season. He tied for 10th at the Class 3A Prospect Sectional and tied for 50th at the Class 3A state tournament.
Senior Sam Maylee also started in all three state series tournaments. The other four graduated, including Peter Radler, the only player in program history to earn two state medals. Radler is a freshman on the Holy Cross golf team.
For the second consecutive season, the Ramblers captured regional and sectional championships. They went to the state tournament for a third year in a row and finished fifth. Loyola won the Catholic League title.
“We know what Patrick and Sam can do, but we will have to wait and see who else steps up for us,” Kane said.