After winning their first Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title in program history, the Ramblers are scheduled to come back with a strenuous 11-event schedule led by the seventh year head coach Erik Hoops.
“We’re going to have our chances against some really highly ranked programs, while also seeing where we stack up against our conference foes on some courses we’ve had a lot of success on over the last couple of years,” Hoops said in a press release Aug. 18. “It will serve as great preparation for us to defend our MVC championship next April.”
The Ramblers will travel to Bloomington, Indiana for the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational, Sept. 5-6, to commence the season, followed by the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, Sept. 17-18, in Muncie, Indiana.
To conclude the month, Loyola heads off to Des Moines, Iowa for the Zach Johnson Invitational on Sept. 27-28, where they’ll attempt to bring back the title as they did during the 2019-20 season.
To begin October — the final month of the Ramblers’ fall campaign — Loyola will take a trip to Jonesboro, Arkansas to compete in the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate on Oct. 11-12. The Ramblers will then play their final event of the year at Flyer Invitational October 18-19 in Kettering, Ohio.
Loyola begins its spring campaign when it travels to Dade City, Florida to compete at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play on Feb. 7-8. The Jackrabbit Invitational follows, set to be played in Boulder City, Nevada on March 11-12.
Two weeks later, the Ramblers will participate in the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate, set to be played in Springfield, Missouri. Hosted by MVC rivals Missouri State University, the Ramblers will have the opportunity to compare their level with that of their competitors a month ahead of the MVC Championship.
During April, the team will head to University Place, Washington for the Redhawk Invitational, April 4 and 5. It’s set to be played at Chambers Bay Golf Course.
After three day rest, the Ramblers head off to their final event of the regular season, the Boilermaker Invitational Sept. 9-10 hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Ramblers will then compete to defend their title in the MVC Championship April 24-26 at the Country Club of Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky.
Following a successful 2020-2021 season, Hoops has high expectations for his squad, which includes returning all-MVC athletes Devin Johnson and Timmy Crawford. Seven of the nine MVC champion athletes return to the team after qualifying for the program’s second-ever NCAA regionals appearance.