Loyola men’s golf team placed a respectable sixth out of 15 teams last weekend at the D.A. Weibring Invitational. The Ramblers were looking to move up the leaderboard after day one, but were cut short due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, leaving them in a tie for sixth in the tournament.
Sophomore Ben Holm led Loyola, carding two consecutive career-lows of 72 and 69, completing the tournament at one-under and a tie for second.
“He made 11 birdies and [carried] himself well beyond his years on the course,” Director of Golf Kyle Stefan explained to the Loyola Athletic Department after Saturday’s rounds. “I know that he has the ability to win very soon.”
Holm was not the only Rambler making noise. Freshman Garret Buckley, fresh off his come-from-behind medalist win at the Whistling Straits Invitational a few weeks prior, tied for 19th after a two-round total of 147 (71-76).
Sophomore Michael Valletti, who started only one meet his freshman year, made his second straight start of the season and tied for 42nd. Loyola starters PJ Riner and Daniel Kim also finished strong, tying 62nd and 79th, respectively.
Men’s golf will now seek to carry its momentum to Aurora, Ohio, where they are set to compete in the Cleveland State Invitational on Sept. 29-30.