Women's Golf

Summer’s already made it to Loyola

Freshman Summer Moser has been impressive on all fronts for the Ramblers as teammates and even coaches ask her questions. Steve Woltmann.

Chicago might not be known for its abundance of sun, but Loyola’s women’s golf team has a new ray of sunshine, coming all the way from the state known for it. Her name is Summer Moser.

The freshman came to Loyola from Lutz, Florida, and didn’t take long to make her mark on a new city. Starting for Loyola last fall, Moser quickly gained the attention of her coaches and teammates as one of the best golfers on the team.

Kyle Stefan, Loyola’s director of golf, said the coaching staff knew Moser was going to be a significant addition to the Ramblers ever since she was being recruited.

“She has confidence. She’s definitely very self-aware and self-assured,” said Stefan. “Those characteristics carry over to the golf course because the best players do have that edge, they have that ‘I’m going to beat you mentality.’ It’s that competitive nature that you have to have to be a standout golfer.”

Her first year at Loyola also brought a new set of challenges to Moser’s game. As if a whole new city with all new teammates wasn’t enough, Moser said the grass in the north requires her to play a completely different game.

“For me, the grass in Florida is really wiry. Up here they have blue grass rough and it’s kind of sticky, so it takes a certain kind of shot,” said Moser. “I had to change up my swing and everything. It was definitely a big adjustment coming up here in the beginning, but now I feel like I’ve adjusted well.”

The new grass proved to be only a small hurdle for Moser’s game, though. She finished the fall season with medalist honors, and currently stands as the Ramblers’ lowest scorer for the spring season.

With less than one year at Loyola under her belt, coaches and older teammates have recognized Moser for her impact off the greens.

“We can always count on her. [The other players] know that she brings a high level of maturity,” Stefan said. “We can count on her to handle her business on and off the course. She doesn’t need her hand held.”

Playing an individual sport in a team context can create a unique dynamic between teammates, and one that is new to Moser. But in a dynamic that could lead some players to focus on personal agendas rather than team goals has lead Moser to keep team objectives at the forefront.

“I’ve never really had a team pushing me, but it’s very motivating,” Moser said. “They push me to do better in practice, and keep improving.”

Like any team, each player brings something different to the table. In Moser’s case, it’s an extensive knowledge of golf. Last January, Moser took an exam for the USGA, and is now the youngest Certified USGA Rules Official in the country.

“That exam is tremendously, tremendously difficult. It’s something us as coaches wish we could be better at,” Stefan said.

He pointed out that when the coaches and team have questions about the game, sometimes they just go to Moser instead of the rulebook. While such a comprehensive understanding could hinder some players and force them to play too carefully, Moser has been able to benefit from her knowledge of the rules.

“Everyone always complains about how complicated the rulebook is, but it gives you an advantage as a player,” Moser said. “The rules are there to help you, not to hurt you, so if you’re able to know the rules inside and out you can use them to your advantage on the course.”

The grass may be “greener” in the Sunshine State, but Moser has found a home here in Chicago’s blue grass. The Ramblers continue their spring season March 29-30 at the Georgetown Hoya Invitational in Beallsville, Maryland.

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Nader is a senior pursuing dual degrees in broadcast journalism and sport management. He grew up in Lombard, IL, meaning he has suffered through being a Chicago sports fan his entire life. But hey, the Cubs just won the World Series, so it was worth it.

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