April 21, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind. - A pair of four-over-par 76s from Nick Willenborg and PJ Riner were the highlights of the final round as the Loyola University Chicago men's golf team completed play at the Boilermaker Invitational this afternoon.
Loyola finished in 14th on the team leaderboard, ahead of Miami (Ohio) out of the Mid-American Conference and Drake from the Missouri Valley. The Ramblers finished just nine strokes behind Akron and Creighton. Louisville and Iowa shared the team championship. Robin Sciot-Siegrist (71-71-69) of Louisville and Steven Ihm (71-70-70) of Iowa finished tied for first on the individual leaderboard.
Loyola head men's golf coach Adam Kwiatkoski was impressed with the way his team performed over the past two days as they played a difficult course against a challenging field.
"The course played very long over the last two days," said Kwiatkoski. "I'm proud of the way our guys battled throughout all three rounds. It's also nice to get a few solid wins over Miami (Ohio) and Drake. Now it's time to look forward to conference and get ready to head to Florida."
Willenborg (76-76-76) was the most consistent performer for Loyola this weekend. The junior from Knoxville, Tenn. used a pair of birdies on the back nine to cement his place as the top finisher for the Ramblers (T-47) on the individual leaderboard. Riner (80-76-76) continues to impress during his freshman season as he followed Willenborg on the leaderboard for Loyola. During his last two rounds of the tournament, the Johns Creek, Ga. product finished a combined one-under-par on the front nine.
Sophomore Nick Dennis (77-79-76) and junior Alex Cusumano (75-86-78) each bounced back from tough showings in the second round, improving their respective scores on Sunday. Senior Brian Van De Motter (77-76-87) rounded out the Rambler lineup this afternoon.
Loyola will now turn its attention to defending their title at the 2013 Horizon League Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., April 26-28.