Men's Golf Blog #1: Alex Cusumano

Alex Cusumano and the Ramblers are preparing to begin their season in Florida next weekend.

Alex Cusumano and the Ramblers are preparing to begin their season in Florida next weekend.

March 22, 2013

A little bit about me
Hey Rambler Followers, My name is Alex Cusumano and throughout the semester I will be the insider for the Men's Golf team. As a St. Louis native, a city full of Catholic and Christian private high schools along with many reputable public schools, I attended Westminster Christian Academy and played basketball and golf. I wanted to continue my higher education and hopeful golf career at a university with high moral values. My criterion for picking a school was simple: Division I golf program, within driving distance--not too close though, and a big city. I am proud and blessed to be part of a newly revamped athletic program with a future full of many Horizon League Conference Championships.

Increased quality of tournaments
Head Coach Adam Kwiatkoski knows that consistently playing in tournaments with poor competition helps nobody. Over his coaching years, the quality of competition in our scheduled tournaments has steadily increased. If you want to be the best, you have to compete with the best--and that is what we have experienced over my career here thus far.

Past success
We experienced great success last spring, winning three of our final four tournaments, which included the Horizon League Conference Championship. With the first ever conference championship in Loyola's history, we clinched a berth to the NCAA Southwest Regional--comparable to March Madness in basketball. During this tournament, our team competed with the best of the best in NCAA golf, including guys that are currently making hundreds of thousands of dollars on the PGA Tour this 2013 season.

This past weekend, a few of the guys and I were watching the PGA Tour event in Tampa Bay on TV. We noticed one young 19-year-old star, Jordan Spieth, from the University of Texas finish T7 and collect a paycheck worth $148,892. Just 10 months ago, four of the current players on the team competed against Spieth in the Southwest Regional, two of us even beating him by 3 and 4 shots in round two. As our team realizes, we have opportunities to compete against future PGA Tour stars. As a Loyola athlete, it is our job to compete to the best of our abilities and along the way create lifelong memories.

Where we are now
With a taste of success last spring, our confidence remains high as reigning conference champions. We endure the impulsive weather conditions as we eagerly prepare for our spring season. The cold weather conditions, something southern golf teams have little experience with, strengthen our mental game. Our spring season begins at Florida Atlantic's spring break tournament on March 29th through the 31st. Make sure to follow us!

- Alex