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Boys Golf: Loyola edges Providence for Catholic League Tournament title

Loyola's Michael Abrahamstees off 9th hole Cog Hill Thursday October 3rd 2013 Lemont. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media

Loyola's Michael Abrahamson tees off at the 9th hole at Cog Hill, Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, in Lemont. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 5, 2013 6:27AM



Rainy conditions were perfect Thursday for Loyola’s Michael Banas at the Catholic League Tournament.

“I usually play pretty well in the rain. I don’t know why,” Banas said. “I came prepared with an umbrella, rain pants and everything, so it didn’t affect me too much.”

Banas, a sophomore, torched Cog Hill’s No. 1 course in Lemont with a 2-under-par 69 as Loyola topped Providence 288-297 for its third title in four years. Banas’ card featured five birdies despite a mid-round downpour.

“I started really well, 3-under through 10,” Banas said. “After that, I just thought about hitting fairway greens and two-putting the rest of the way, which I did pretty much.”

St. Laurence’s Jordan Velez wasn’t far off the pace. Velez finished second with a 70 while carding six birdies, but he recognized two double bogeys likely cost him the title.

“I played good. I just had two doubles that hurt me,” Velez said. “I came back strong with two more birdies after that. Everything else was pretty solid.”

Loyola’s Michael Abrahamson, the 2012 Catholic League champ, took third over Providence’s Kevin McEneany and Fenwick’s Brian Boyle on a scorecard tiebreaker after all carded 72s.

For McEneany, it was his best round of the year.

“I was really hitting the irons well, and the two irons I didn’t hit well ended up on the greens somehow,” McEneany said. “Coach (John Platt) has been telling us we have to play up to our potential, and I think this is going to be a good stepping stone. With regionals coming up, it’s going to be a good season.”

Will McCabe finished sixth with a 73 for Providence, which received contributing scores from Ricky Costello (74) and Dom Cascino (78).

Fenwick took third with a 309. Brother Rice finished fourth with a 312, its best score of the season, behind a 74 from Matt Pawlak.



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