Junior improves score by two strokes in final round
Final round begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Algonquin
Two-day event begins on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Final round play begins on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Freshman finishes tied for 18th overall
Jason Calhoun, a former head golf coach at Dartmouth and Saint Francis (Pa.), as well as Class A Professional Golf Association (PGA) professional, is in his second season with the Loyola University Chicago women's golf program. Under his direction as interim head coach during the 2012 spring season, the Ramblers tied for second place at the Horizon League Championship, their best showing since winning the tournament in 2004.
During the 2012 spring campaign, Loyola finished the season on a strong note, winning the Loyola Invitational one week prior to tying for second place at the Horizon League Championship. Success for the team wasn't limited to the spring however, because in the fall, the Ramblers won a pair of meets and finished second in their other three competitions.
Senior Ann Vrdolyak thrived under Calhoun's guidance in 2012 and was named All-Horizon League and finished with the second-lowest, single-season scoring average in Loyola women's golf history (78.5). Vrdolyak, who set a Loyola record with a 36-hole score of 148 (75-73) at the WIU Autumn Invitational, finished first at four events and tied for first at the Horizon League Championship before dropping a one-hole playoff. Her performance at the Horizon League Championship earned her all-tournament team accolades.
Prior to arriving at Loyola, Calhoun served as the Director of Golf at Cascades Golf Club in Bloomington, Ind., where he supervised golf operations, course maintenance, merchandising and concessions. He has also held golf professional or assistant golf pro positions at a handful of other courses throughout his career, including Dartmouth's golf course, Hanover Country Club and Philadelphia Country Club.
From 2001-05, Calhoun was as the head men's golf coach at Dartmouth, where he mentored four Academic All-Ivy League honorees and helped the Big Green to a third-place showing at the 2003 Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships (ECAC).
Calhoun was instrumental in the formation of the women's golf program at Saint Francis (Pa.) and served as the head coach for both the men's and women's teams there. While at St. Francis (Pa.), he built the men's team into an annual contender in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and nurtured the women's program from its infancy to a finish among the top third in the ECAC in three short seasons.
An accomplished player, Calhoun is a two-time Top 20 point finisher on the Indiana Golf Association-PGA Player of the Year list and is a three-time Bloomington Open champion. In 2003, he was the medalist at the New England U.S. Open Championship Qualifier.
A graduate of Saint Francis (Pa.), Calhoun was an All-NEC golfer there and a two-time All-NEC selection in football.
Calhoun and his wife, Grace, reside in Wilmette with their three daughters, Alexandra, Madeline and Eleanor.