The Loyola men’s golf team finished 10th out of 12 teams at the Cleveland State Invitational earlier this week. The Ramblers were looking to move up the leaderboard, until Mother Nature drenched Barrington Country Club, cancelling the third and final round as well as any hope of a late Loyola charge.
The Ramblers definitely were on their game this week, posting the fifth lowest team score after the opening round. However, they failed to finish strong on Monday when they carded a team-total 390, 16 shots higher than round one.
“Obviously the first round put us right in contention,” Director of Golf Kyle Stefan told the Loyola Athletic Department. “We are a young team right now and, as part of our development, we need to find a way to play better in the second round.”
Freshman Garret Buckley kept the Ramblers afloat by posting a two-round score of 75-72, placing him at a tie for 17th. Standout junior PJ Riner was on autopilot in his opening round 71, but cooled off in the afternoon, giving him a two-round total of 150 and a tie for 31st. Sophomores Michael Valletti and Ben Holm had the early hot hand as well, but added five shots a piece to their closing rounds, ending with scores of 73-78 and 74-79, respectively.
The Ramblers will look to bounce back when they return to the course this weekend at the John Dellio Memorial hosted by cross-town rivals DePaul University.